The Chicago QWOC Project is an interview-based project that documents how queer women of color, especially Black and Brown women and non-binary folks, find intimacy and community in and around Chicago. By centering a myriad of intimacy practices, including dating, relationships, family, friendships, and activism and advocacy, this project centers the experiences of queer women of color as we carve out spaces for ourselves in person and online.

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Meet Maya Glenn

Research Team Member

Maya Glenn is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University. She will receive her B.A. in Gender & Sexuality Studies (minor in Sociology) in June 2020. As of August 2020, she will be a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Maya is a qualitative researcher whose interests include black genders and sexualities, placemaking practices, and social media platforms. Her undergraduate thesis examined the role that authenticity played in how black queer women on YouTube articulated their gender expressions to their followers. In graduate school, she plans to explore black middle-class women's experiences with sex education and the impact that these experiences have on their intimate lives. She is passionate about the Chicago QWOC Project because she believes that there is much for researchers to learn from QWOC in the greater Chicago area. Maya lives in Evanston, IL where she spends much of her free time dancing and exploring the greater Chicago area with her friends and girlfriend, Jasmine.