American Association of Geographers

Presenting my ongoing research based project Cita en Bici / Bike Date at the AAOG.

Abstract:

Placeing the urban environments of select South and North American cities at the center of my research-based practice, this paper examines how urban mobility intersects with gender and environmental justice. As a queer artist, activist, and educator I examine urban mobility as an embodied experience 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 and BIPOC perspectives and embodied experiences are the norm, and when aspirational thinking includes a post carbon, fully sustainable and economically equitable city.

Keywords: urban mobility, transit deserts, intersectional environmentalism, queering the city