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Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable

Angelique Harris, Juan Battle, and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr.
Queer People of Color: Connected but Not Comfortable
ISBN: 978-1-62637-715-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-783-7
2018/145 pages
A FirstForumPress Book
"Invaluable. The authors delve into the lives of the marginalized to present an analysis of a key aspect of social life—sociopolitical engagement—that is richly detailed and sensitive to issues of intersectionality…. The book looks beyond the exclusive reliance on political activism or social involvement that defines a great deal of the research on community involvement.... Instead, Queer People of Color offers a more holistic examination of social engagement.” —Corey Fields, Contemporary Sociology

"A valuable contribution to race studies, sexuality studies, and politics.... It is a great resource for scholars and students alike."—Anthony Christian Ocampo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


As individuals who historically have faced multiple forms of oppression, queer people of color often find themselves struggling to "fit in." What impact does this have on their sociopolitical involvement within their communities of color? Within the queer community? And to what effect? Based on one of the largest surveys to date of African American, Latina/o, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American LGB people, this book offers a unique angle through which to examine belonging, and its converse, within marginalized communities.


Angelique Harris is director of faculty development at Boston University's Medical Campus and director of faculty development and diversity in the university’s Department of Medicine. Juan Battle is professor of sociology, public health, and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr., is associate professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.


  • Community Connection Among Queer People of Color.
  • Black Communities.
  • Latinx Communities.
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Communities.
  • Looking at the Big Picture.