English Cross-Border Queers

The story of South Asian migrants in the UK

This project will address the missing history of the queer South Asian migration to the UK. The 1960's mark the beginning of an organised LGBTQ civil rights movement in the UK, as well as larger waves of migration to the UK, with those of South Asian descent arriving from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda.

However, there is little research on queer South Asians who arrived in the UK and how their experiences of racism homophobia and their transnational connections in South Asia, shaped their (inter)national experience of being queer.

The project will work between the UK and India to research the experience of queer migration through archives, interviews and workshops with academics, activists and communities. 

Photo by Shashank Peshawaria.