Queering the City: New York  Queer Youth Organizing

A pilot study designed in parallel with the DKP/QueerLA project


This research project focuses on source analysis of archival artifacts and publicly reported data around youth conducting activism and community organizing around LGBTQIA rights and issues. This study specifically addresses sexuality and gender with youth in New York City, within the context of identity-based political and social activism outside of schools. This project is historical-materialist in scope and serves to provide a foundational backdrop for future research to go to scale on a national study of queer youth organizing.  The conclusions from this pilot will provide an ethical-political platform, leveraging the data sources provided, to contextualize the work of youth engaging in queer organizing and activism. This reading is part of an on-going politics of refusal against oppressive meaning making in the process of documenting the work of youth organizers.