Contexts for Thriving Among Queer Young Adults of Color

Kia Darling-Hammond, Researcher (Doctoral Candidate), Stanford UniversityThis presentation explores experiences of thriving within a small group of self-identified LGBTQ youth of color (age 18-25). Much discourse about queer youth and youth of color emphasizes risks, or situates their lived experience as survival in the face of abjection. This study suggests that a sense of freedom, experiences of affirmation, the ability to focus on personal interests and wellness, the ability to self-define, and key institutional successes contribute to experiences of thriving.