GWSS Major, Ananya Garg, presents "Oral Histories of Queer and Trans People of Color at the University of Washington," at the Undergrad Research Symposium with mentor GWSS Professor Priti Ramamurthy

Priti Ramamurthy and Ananya Garg at Undergrad Research Symposium May 18, 2018
Priti Ramamurthy and Ananya Garg at Undergrad Research Symposium May 18, 2018
Bodies With and Without Rights: Activism, Analysis, Archives Panel at Undergrad Research Symposium 5-18-18
Bodies With and Without Rights: Activism, Analysis, Archives Panel at Undergrad Research Symposium 5-18-18
GWSS Major, Ananya Garg, Undergrad Research Symposium
GWSS Major, Ananya Garg, Undergrad Research Symposium

Oral Histories of Queer and Trans People of Color at the University of Washington

Presenter
  • Ananya Garg, Senior, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Comparative History of IdeasUW Honors Program
Mentor
  • Priti RamamurthyGender, Women, & Sexuality Studies
Session

This project seeks to highlight and archive the lives, stories, and experiences of queer and trans people of color at the University of Washington. Queer movements have historically rested on the labor of queer and trans people of color, however, these histories are often whitewashed. The experiences of queer and trans students of color are not ones that are often archived or given space to be told. Through this project I seek to give space to stories and lives that are pushed to the side and silenced. I also seek to find commonalities among different yet similar student experiences. This project is based in one-on-one, in-person interviews with induvidual students. As an interviewer, I ask the interviewees questions about experiences include upbringing, familial structure, cultural context, coming into queerness, finding queer of color spaces in and outside of the university context, looking to the future, and ways of healing from traumas. My methods include in-depth audio and visual recorded interviews, and full detailed transcripts of each interview. As a member and leader of the Queer People of Color Alliance at UW, I am a part of and have access to queer communities of color at UW. This project highlights the importance of induvidual narratives, as they inform larger understandings of queerness and community. In addition, this project builds an archive of queer and trans student of color experienes that, among other things, highlight the importance of institutional spaces within the university campus that supports queer and trans students.