“We are our own community”: Immigrant Latinx transgender people community experiences.

Roberto L. Abreu, Kirsten A. Gonzalez, Cristalís Capielo Rosario, Gabriel M. Lockett, Louis Lindley, Sharrah Lane

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    Little is known about how immigrant Latinx transgender people experience support from their communities in the U.S. and back in their country of origin. The present study aimed to understand how immigrant Latinx transgender people reported support within their communities. A community sample of 18 immigrant Latinx transgender people in a large metropolitan city in Florida participated in semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis revealed four themes depicting the varying levels of support that participants received within their communities in the U.S., including: (a) neighborhood belonging, (b) organizations as a source of well-being, (c) friends as a source of protection and safety, and (d) supporting undocumented individuals. In addition, three themes emerged about participants’ experiences of discrimination and oppression within their communities, including: (a) discrimination and violence, (b) police profiling and restriction of public space, and (c) lack of safety for undocumented individuals. Participants also shared narratives about the perceived level of community support they received in the U.S. versus in their countries of origin. Drawing on gender minority stress and intersectionality, the community experiences of immigrant Latinx transgender people are examined and interpreted to provide important research, advocacy, and practice implications.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)390-403
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of counseling psychology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - May 13 2021


    • Latinx
    • community experiences
    • counseling
    • intersectionality
    • transgender

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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