This panel aims to explore how LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer) people try to make themselves (comfy) at home - in designer apartments, community centers, gay-lesbian retirement homes, refugee hostels, shared apartments, homeless shelters or just online.
In recent years queer scholarship has produced a growing number of studies related to the mobilities of the so-called "global LGBTQ population" and there is little doubt that at least parts of the LGBTQ-populations are highly mobile as cosmopolitan tourists, migrants, refugees or just as people moving from one city to another.
While focusing queer mobilities however it has almost been forgotten that travelling or escaping from an uncomfortable place in order to reach a promising destination necessarily implies at least temporal stays in certain places, since tourists are eventually coming home, refugees are finding shelters and those trying to escape from rural hometowns to the metropolises are finally furnishing their new apartments or homesteads. Moreover focusing queer mobilities largely means overlooking those LGBTs who are staying true to a certain place for years, decades or even for their entire lives.
Against this backdrop the panel seeks to explore how LGBT-folks are making themselves (comfy) at home. These homes may be designer apartments, community centers, gay-lesbian retirement homes, shared homes, refugee camps, homeless shelters or certain communities on the internet. With that said the panel's aim is to find out with whom LGBTQ-people are living (partners, parents, children, room-mates…), how they are living (pompous homes, tiny apartments, shelters or in the streets…) and what dwelling generally means to them.