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J Homosex. 2012;59(2):149-85. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2012.648877.

Race relations and racism in the LGBTQ community of Toronto: perceptions of gay and queer social service providers of color.

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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


This article explores race relations and racism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community of Toronto, Ontario, from the perspective of seven gay/queer social service providers of color. Social constructions of race, race relations, and racism were placed at the centre of analysis. Employing interpretive phenomenological analysis, findings indicated that intergroup and broader systemic racism infiltrates the LGBTQ community, rendering invisible the lived experiences of many LGBTQ people of color. The study contributes to a growing body of research concerning our understanding of factors underpinning social discrimination in a contemporary Canadian LGBTQ context.

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