Using the Social Justice Sexuality Survey from 2015, the relationship between queer social capital and ethnic/ racial social capital is investigated, along with its effects on wellbeing or importance of identity. I analyzed these relationships in an attempt to study the positive effects of social capital and how they applied specifically to queer people of color (QPOC). I hypothesized that those with greater social capital will have better wellbeing and those with high queer or ethnic/racial social capital will hold the respective identity as important. Rural residence was introduced as a control to investigate whether the lack of resources found in rural communities would impact individuals’ ability to gain social capital. Gender identity was introduced to see if those with differing gender identities would lack the ability to gain certain social capital. Analysis shows that the relationship between social capital and wellbeing is stronger than the relationship between social capital and identity, though both were positive.
Vanessa Lylyan Iraheta, ’17
Sociology & Anthropology