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Title

‘Creating the community I want to be part of’: Affinity-based organising in a small, progressive rustbelt city

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Department/School

Women's and Gender Studies

Publication Title

Urban Studies

Abstract

This article explores a small city’s response to the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. Love, Resilience, Action Ypsilanti (LRAY) focused on community-building and the social justice history of Ypsilanti, Michigan to create a queer-affirming feminist event that intentionally referenced and diverged from national Women’s Marches. In exploring intersectional social justice organising by a queer-dominated feminist group, I argue that organisers’ emphasis on communal care in combination with direct action reflected an affinity-based understanding of community characteristic of this particular small progressive rustbelt city. This example demonstrates the importance of including small cities in urban LGBTQ research.

Link to Published Version

10.1177/0042098020966258

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