Identifying the needs of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees in Southern Arizona

J Homosex. 2011;58(2):189-218. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.540175.


This article reports on the results of a needs assessment conducted for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) immigrants, asylees, refugees, and their allies in Southern Arizona, and it is the first study of its kind in the United States. Utilizing interview data collected with migrants, allies, and service providers in Tucson, Arizona, this article presents findings on the quality of service provision provided to this very underserved community pertaining to health care, housing, and legal services. The assessment shows that no services are provided specifically for LGBTQ migrants, and most LGBTQ migrants turn to family and friends when they have needs. The most significant result of this study pertains to the lack of cultural competence and an overall deficiency in terms of cultural awareness when it comes to the specific needs of LGBTQ migrants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arizona
  • Bisexuality / statistics & numerical data
  • Culture
  • Emigrants and Immigrants*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality* / statistics & numerical data
  • Homosexuality, Female / statistics & numerical data
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Privacy
  • Refugees*
  • Social Work
  • Transsexualism