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Full Terms & Conditions of access and use can be found atDownload by:[The UC Irvine Libraries]Date:05 January 2017, At: 00:34Social IdentitiesJournal for the Study of Race, Nation and CultureISSN: 1350-4630 (Print) 1363-0296 (Online) Journal homepage: Thinking outside the rainbow: women of colorredefining queer politics and identitySabrina AlimahomedTo cite this article:Sabrina Alimahomed (2010) Thinking outside the rainbow: womenof color redefining queer politics and identity, Social Identities, 16:2, 151-168, DOI:10.1080/13504631003688849To link to this article:Published online: 22 Mar 2010.Submit your article to this journalArticle views: 1130View related articlesCiting articles: 7 View citing articles
Thinking outside the rainbow: women of color redefiningqueer politics and identitySabrina Alimahomed*Sociology Department, University of California, Riverside, USA(Received 24 October 2008; final version received 3 August 2009)This research explores the numerous ways queer Latinas and Asian/PacificIslander women are marginalized in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender(LGBT) movement and their racial/ethnic communities in regards to theirintersecting, subordinate identities. Through in-depth interviews with 25 queeridentified women and ethnographic observation at Gay Pride events, this researchexamines how the women interviewed make sense of their overlapping oppres-sions as they affect and frame their experiences and shape their identities. Byintegrating Collins’ notion of the outsider-within along with Sandoval’s conceptof differential oppositional consciousness, I assert that queer Latinas and Asian/Pacific Islander women experience marginality within the mainstream LGBTmovement primarily as a function of invisibility that serves simultaneously as asource of alienation and empowerment, ultimately serving to challenge hegemo-nic notions of queer identity and politics.Keywords:queer politics; women of color; intersectionality; race; lesbiansIntroductionQueer Latinas and Asian/Pacific Islander women experience multiple intersectingoppressionsthatpositionthemonthemarginsofsociety.Aspeoplewhosimultaneously experience oppression based upon their gender, race, and sexuality,it is imperative to examine the ways these women make sense of these overlappingoppressions as they affect and frame their experiences and shape their identities. Inunderstandingthepressurestotraversecommunitycontextsthatareoftenconflicting, these women utilize different strategies to voice their marginalization.Withinsociologythereisadearthofempiricalresearchthatprivilegestheexperiences of queer women who are subordinated by intersecting structures ofdomination. Schneider and Dalton (1996, p. 186) assert ‘at present, there seems to beno research by sociologists in the United States that is focused exclusively on lesbiansof color’. The lack of research accorded to studying these women’s experiences

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