DR RICHARD MOLE
University College London
Identity, belonging and solidarity among Russian-speaking queer migrants in Berlin
The paper provides an empirically grounded analysis of migration by LGBQ individuals from Russia and other post-Soviet states to Berlin. It seeks to further our understanding of queer migration by analysing the motivations and integration strategies of LGBQ migrants as well as their attempts to maintain and perform their identities, and seek out communities of belonging in the post-migration context. A further contribution of the paper is the examination of the potential benefit of ‘queer diaspora’ as a heuristic device to think about identity, belonging and solidarity among sexual minorities in the context of dispersal and transnational networks.