Many in diasporas belong to the LGBTQIA+ community, including those who were forced to emigrate due to their gender identities and expressions and/or sexual orientations. This program discusses whether the LGBTQIA+ community can be considered its own diaspora and how their intersectional identities affect their experiences.


  • Anja Limon, Senior Program Manager, Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM)

  • Rajiv Mohabir, Assistant Professor, Emerson College

  • Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Artist and poet

  • Ruben Zecena, Assistant Professor of English, Texas State University

Moderator: Ari Shaw, Senior Fellow and Director of International Programs, Williams Institute, UCLA (Tovaangar)


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  • UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

  • UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration

  • UCLA International Institute

  • UCLA LGBTQ Campus Resource Center

  • UCLA School of Law Williams Institute


María Inés Taracena, "Joseling, left, and Estefany stand in front of the border fence, before walking to the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, on August 10, 2017"

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