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“We all have a responsibility… to save them”: Immigrants, Gays, and Those Caught in Between

  • Andrew DJ ShieldEmail author
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Abstract

Immigrants on Grindr takes place in northwest Europe from 2015 to 2019, when public debates about immigration and the “refugee crisis” became increasingly intertwined with the topic of sexuality. Nativist politicians strategically linked (particularly Muslim) immigrants to homophobia; and if they mentioned LGBTQ immigrants at all, they did so to confirm the image that northwest Europe is tolerant of sexual and gender minorities, while immigrants and Muslims are oppressive. LGBTQ immigrants, however, identified other concerns in Europe, including racism in white-majority spaces, both offline and online. Immigrants on Grindr focuses on newcomers in the greater Copenhagen area and their experiences connecting with locals via social-networking “apps” geared mainly at gay and bi men, and some trans and queer people, such as Grindr. Profile texts, interviews with recent immigrants, and public discussions guide the book.

Keywords

Grindr Social media Immigrants LGBTQ Sexual politics Denmark Sweden Europe 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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