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date: 14 October 2019

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This chapter examines legal and administrative forms of violence produced by immigration laws and policies that condemn LGBTQ migrants to a state of crisis, leaving them permanently vulnerable to detention, deportation, and in some cases death. Despite the newly emerging body of scholarship devoted to theorizing deportation, there has been relatively little attention given to the ways in which gender and sexuality, along with race, class, nationality, and geopolitical location, produce particular migrants as deportable subjects. And yet, deportability structures the experiences of the majority of LGBTQ migrants. The first part of the chapter considers the historically specific asylum regimes that transform LGBTQ migrants into detainable and deportable subjects. The second part examines the various forms of legal and administrative violence inflicted upon LGBTQ migrants by the global detention and deportation regime. Finally, the third part of the chapter discusses examples of LGBTQ migrant activism that are emerging from these spaces of deportability and crisis.

Keywords: LGBTQ, migration, deportation, detention, asylum, refugees, protest

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