Graduate Student, Anthropology
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Zeles Vargas’s research is broadly interested in how racialized queer subjects create and challenge violent realities. He investigates how the combination of Argentina’s pro-LGBT investments and everyday anti-gay violence affect gay men’s quotidian world-building and their struggle to survive. His work focuses on racialized gay men (read in Argentina as non-European) and their experiences in the city and the violence to which they are subjected. Building on the work of queer of color theorists, his research examines how anti-gay violence in Argentina is both a racial and sexual practice. The complexity of this case study is further complicated by the racial and ethnic histories of Argentina that are crucial to sustaining whiteness.