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Abstract

Love takes many forms and can serve different functions in a person’s life. Some forms, such as romantic love, familial love, and love within friendship, while sometimes distinct, at other times cannot be separated. This paper discusses love and friendship for same-sex loving women in Trinidad, exploring this mutability of love, the functions of love and intimacy in these women’s lives, the role of social media and social circles for finding love, all while considering the notion that love amongst same-sex loving women is an act of resistance. Forty same-sex loving women were individually interviewed, and this paper is written using excerpts from their narratives, their poetry and short stories, along with personal reflections and discussions of previous literature. This delivery style is meant to mimic the multivalent nature of love that is being discussed.

Note on the Author

Krystal Ghisyawan holds a double honours B.A. in Anthropology and South Asian Studies, from York University, Toronto (2007-2011), and a PhD from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad) in Sociology, taking a trans-disciplinary approach to studying female same-sex desire and citizenship in Trinidad.

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