1st Edition

Queer and Trans People of Colour in the UK Possibilities for Intersectional Richness

By Stephanie Davis Copyright 2023
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the meanings of Queer and Trans People of Colour (QTPOC) activist groups in the UK, considering the tensions around inclusion and belonging across lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) and of colour communities and wider British society.

    Davis draws de-/anti-/post-colonial, Black feminist, and queer theory into critical psychology to publish the first book of its kind in the UK, developing an intersectional understanding of QTPOC subjectivities and identities. The book examines questions of belonging; racial melancholia; decolonising gender and sexualities; and the joys, erotics, and the difficulties of building and finding QTPOC community that can hold and celebrate our intersectional richness.

    Offering a radical and critical intervention into psychology, this volume will be of key interest to scholars in Gender Studies and Queer Studies, Psychology and Race, together with activists, community organisers, counsellors, and the third sector.

    Chapter One. Introduction

    Chapter Two. Exploring QTPOC Lives

    Chapter Three. Theorising Multiplicity

    Chapter Four. Belonging

    Chapter Five. Building Community

    Chapter Six. Decolonising Gender and Sexuality

    Chapter Seven. Conflict and Harm in Community: The Possibilities for the Reparative and Transformative

    Chapter Eight. Conclusion.


    Stephanie Davis is a scholar-activist, a Black queer troublemaker, and a Senior Lecturer in Critical Psychology and Race at Nottingham Trent University. She has a specific interest in the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; critical psychology; decolonial, queer, and Black feminist theory; critical pedagogies; and decolonising academia. She has previously worked in a community development and activist capacity on issues of sexual health with young people and Black and brown communities and on issues facing her local community such as police harassment and gender and sexual diversity. In 2013, she co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for QTPOC in Manchester. Stephanie has previously held Lectureships at the University of Brighton and the University of East London. She was also a Research Officer on the NIHR-funded Queer Futures 2 project which explored how to improve mental health provision for LGBTQ youth in the UK. As an educator she is inspired by bell hooks’ ‘education as the practice of freedom’ and strives to create learning environments with her students that encourage openness, dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. As a scholar-activist she is excited by the possibilities of working both within academia and beyond its boundaries.