Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces

Edited by Ellie D. Hernández, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., and Magda García

Expanding Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Series

258 pages
2 photographs, 4 illustrations, index


June 2021


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About the Book

2022 International Latino Book Award Finalist for Best LGBTQ Studies Book

Within a trans-embodied framework, this anthology identifies transmovimientos as the creative force or social mechanism through which queer, trans, and gender nonconforming Latinx communities navigate their location and calibrate their consciousness. This anthology unveils a critical perspective with the emphasis on queer, trans, and gender nonconforming communities of immigrants and social dissidents who reflect on and write about diaspora and migratory movements while navigating geographical and embodied spaces across gendered and racialized contexts, all crucial elements of the trans-movements taking place in the United States.

This collection forms a nuanced conversation between scholarship and social activism that speaks in concrete ways about diasporic and migratory LGBTQ communities who suffer from immoral immigration policies and political discourses that produce untenable living situations. The focal point of analysis throughout Transmovimientos examines migratory movements and anti-immigrant sentiment, homophobia, and stigma toward people who are transgender, immigrants, and refugees. These deliberate consciousness-based expressions are designed to realign awareness about the body in transit and the diasporic experience of relocating and emerging into new possibilities.

Author Bio

Ellie D. Hernández is an associate professor of Chicana/o Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Postnationalism in Chicana/o Literature and Culture. Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr. is an assistant professor of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Magda García is a PhD candidate in Chicana/o studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.


“A critical and timely set of subjects, especially given the rampant and castigating racism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia against the Latinx LGBTQI communities in the United States and throughout other countries at this time. The coeditors have brought together important, established, and emerging voices in an exciting manner.”—Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, author of Wild Tongues: Transnational Mexican Popular Culture

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Trans vida in Extraordinary Times
Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., Magda García, and Ellie D. Hernández
Twenty-First-Century Student Movements
1. Triunfando con o sin papeles: Muxerista y jotx-historias of DACA-mentation and Activism in Las Vegas
Joanna Núñez, Jasmine Rubalcava-Cuara, and Anita Tijerina Revilla
2. Somos jotería: UCLA Chicanx Latinx Student Activists Fighting for Social Justice
José Manuel Santillana
Reading Performance and Performativity from Cuba to Los Angeles
3. Working Trans in Jaime Cortez’s Sexile/Sexilio
Carlos Ulises Decena
4. Wonder Woman, Pancho Villa, and the Shifting Rio Grande: Transnational jotx Identity, Desire, Pleasure, and Death on the El Paso / Juárez Border
Omar González
5. Vaqueeros: Muy machos, Wearing the Pants, and Living la vida loca
6. Home(bodies): Transitory Belonging at LA’s Oldest Latinx Drag Bar
Katherine Steelman
Memory and Memoir: Between sueños y pesadillas
7. Pesadilla convertida en sueño: El sueño nunca soñado / A Nightmare Turned Into a Dream: A Dream Never Dreamed
Bamby Salcedo
8. “¿Qué harás si algo me pasa?”: An ofrenda
Nicholas Duron
From the Urban Landscape to Sites of Incarceration
9. Queering el barrio: Latina Immigrant Street Vendors in Los Angeles
Lorena Muñoz
10. The Privatized Deportation Center Complex y la trans mujer
Verónica Mandujano
In Our Own Words: An Afterword
Ellie D. Hernández, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., and Magda García
List of Contributors


2022 International Latino Book Award Finalist for Best LGBTQ Studies Book

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