LGBTQ+

For queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming survivors in a #MeToo movement that assumes “woman-as-victim” and the “man-as-perpetrator,” how is it also to be Asian American?


How do LGBTQ+ Asian Americans, who may literally lack the language to “come out” to family, struggle to be recognized as persons undeserving of sexual violence? What are the salient dimensions and multiple registers of sexual vulnerability that are distinctive, heightened, or misunderstood? When read as “sexual deviants” or “freaks,” the queer, gender nonconforming and trans Asian American is caught between two perceptions: as both a sexual predator to be feared or a hypersexed freak who always invites, welcomes or deserves the sexual violence they experience.

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