Crossing Pride: Queer and Trans Refugee Transnational Storytelling & Digital Archiving
UC Santa Barbara
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crossing Pride expands on two years of existing transnational partnerships that center queer and trans refugee voices by producing community-based storytelling in the context of local trauma-informed healing spaces. With the goal of creating a more sustainable network of support for LGBTQ refugees who have experienced upheaval and are seeking to reclaim their narratives, the group focused on the following: developing a manual for LGBTQ refugee-led storytelling and healing communities by holding three developmental workshops; creating a blueprint for an accessible and sustainable community digital archive for transnational networking and the archiving of refugee stories; and locating a long-term care partner for the digital archive. A public-facing archive contributes to informing policy debates; refugee stories relay powerful personal experiences and in doing so also expose the systemic flaws in national and international asylum processes. These have a disproportionately negative impact on queer and trans people seeking asylum based on experiences of violence and discrimination as gender and sexual minorities in their countries of origin.