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A Community History of Satrang: Negotiating Visibility as LGBTQ South Asian Americans in Los Angeles

  • Author(s): Patel, Ami Ramesh
  • Advisor(s): Matsumoto, Valerie
  • et al.
Abstract

This project uses oral histories and ethnographic accounts to explore the founding, history, and community building efforts of Satrang, the South Asian American LGBTQ community organization in Los Angeles. Through the three examples of the Coming Out Day Parade, the Coming Out Coming Home Workshop, and Satrang's online presence, the project critically analyzes how individuals comprising Satrang, as well as the organization itself, negotiate a collective visibility that reflect the complex identities and needs of its members. Furthermore, the project disrupts the homonormative narrative of “coming out” as an ideal by demonstrating how Satrang members are flexibly disclosing their identities as LGBTQ people of color.

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