Queering the City

Authors: Laura Curry*,
Topics: Environmental Justice, Feminist Geographies, Queer and Trans Geographies
Keywords: urban mobility, transit deserts, intersectional environmentalism, queering the city
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 44
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Placing the urban environments of select South and North American cities at the center of my research, this paper examines how urban mobility intersects with gender and environmental justice. As a queer artist, activist, and educator I examine urban mobility discourses to discuss how transportation maintains environmental and mobility injustices. And, I discuss how these injustices exclude queer and feminist perspectives and their bodies as part of this ongoing unjust system that I refer to as intersectional, in regard to gender, racism, socio-economic status, and age. I conclude environmental justice can only be achieved with mobility justice and that to achieve mobility justice we need to queer the city. To queer a city is when transparency mechanisms, gender perspectives and embodied experiences are the norm, and when aspiration includes achieving a less polluted, sustainable and equitable city.

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