This symposium will share the results of five innovative, technology-mediated studies that utilized visual methods to explore the risks and resiliencies of SGMY in the digital milieu by The International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR). Led by social workers, INQYR is an interdisciplinary, international research partnership designed to support the development of creative research methods with SGMY across diverse global contexts.
This symposium will commence with a brief discussion of the history, aim, and objectives of INQYR, as well as its progress towards the production of novel regional and international research to benefit SGMY. Subsequently, five papers outlining research conducted in the four partner regions that utilized a range of visual methods will be discussed by co-chairs of each of the regional networks. Partners from Canada, the United States (US), Mexico, and the United Kingdom (UK) will share studies that add to the literature on applied visual methods and elucidate how SGMY leverage digital technology, describe the discrimination they experience, and facilitate their own resilience. The first paper reports results from QueerVIEW, a digital photo-elicitation project with SGMY in Canada. The second paper articulates the arts-based findings from snapshoT, a photo-elicitation study involving trans* and nonbinary youth in the US. The third paper shares findings from Towards Free Expression of Identity and Desire, a focus group study of SGMY integrating photographs across Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, and Yucatan. The fourth paper describes the O(nline) N(egativity) Study, including highlighting the novel digital vignette approach employed in the mixed-methods survey about digital microaggressions experienced by SGMY. The fifth paper leverges digital recruitment and interviewing strategies to illuminate how migration shapes developmental processes of SGMY. Each paper highlights applications of their visual methodologies with SGMY and the subsequent implementation of the results to support social change processes with this population.