I find it critical in my own work to reflect my communities and center experiences of cisgender women, transgender people, and LGBTQ folks that are often marginalized in other ways, whether as immigrant people or people of color. As a result, my dissertation entitled “Toxic Publics, NYC: Catcalling, LGBTQ-Directed Harassment, and Everyday Violence” considers the ways in which anonymous daily interactions between strangers result in creating a hostile public sphere for people that already experience oppression at home, in school, and at work. Using an intersectional approach in my research has been essential so that my scholarly contribution is made better by incorporating the ways in which race, class, and space feature in gender and sexual formations. To capture the diversity of experiences that exists on the streets of New York City, I conducted participant-observation, over a dozen interviews with men that catcall and enact LGBTQ-directed harassment and over seventy interviews with people that receive catcalling and LGBTQ-directed harassment. In this work, it was important for me to build a sample that was representative of New York City in terms of race and ethnicity but one that also reflects tremendous gender and sexual variation. By allowing my participants to self-identify when it came to gender, sexuality, race, class and education, I was able to get insight from people that are generally left out of the most progressive research agendas. In the end, not only did I build a significant queer oral history but I concluded that catcalling and LGBTQ-directed harassment have a lasting, cumulative effect on people’s gender and sexual identities, uphold structural inequalities like sexism, homophobia and transphobia and shape racial, class and spatial relations in New York City. For more information, see my research statement.