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Intersectionality

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

Back to Blaque: Meet the Trans YouTube Queen of the Underground

Sidney Chase | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Sidney Chase

"I'm a woman, I'm black, I'm curvy and I'm trans. There are a lot of things that I deal with. When I talk about those things, I am literally talking about my embodiment of these intersections."

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

Taylor Swift Shouldn't Use Feminism to Clap Back

Antonia Opiah | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Antonia Opiah

A blue-eyed blonde pop star collided with a buxom Black rapper on Tuesday and in doing so, in tweeting at Nicki Minaj, Taylor unwittingly stumbled upon an aspect of feminism she might not have considered yet: a feeling of being marginalized because of your race as a woman.

South Asian Americans Want to Be Accepted -- Not Merely Tolerated

Ravleen Kaur | Posted 07.15.2015 | College
Ravleen Kaur

America is a melting pot of cultures -- but it seems like not all cultures and ethnicities are welcome. Unless, of course, their clothing is appropriated for profit or racial jokes are made at their expense for entertainment. It seems as if some Americans love everything about us... except us.

Intersectional Activism: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

It is easy to get caught up in organizing and activism around a single issue or cause. This week, we proudly supported grantees who are working at the intersection of multiple issues, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in through their activism.

An Open Letter to Muslim Americans: Stop Self-Segregating

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Sumaia Masoom

It's not that too many Muslim immigrants are causing a safety hazard by coming to America--it's that too many of us are coming and self-segregating. There is a lot -- I repeat, a lot -- of structural and institutional racism that goes into this segregation, but it is also at least in part undeniably willful.

Charleston Shootings: The Intersection Of Race And Gender

Anushay Hossain | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Yes, Black Lives Matter and so do the lives of Black women.

How Sexism Can Help You Understand Racism

Joshua Adams | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

The best way to commit to our causes is to understand how they are connected to others. In that way, we realize that our liberations are inseparably linked to the liberation of others. If your advocacy is not rooted in intersectionality, it doesn't take much for others to surmise that you're merely pursuing your privilege, not equality.

Taking an Intersectional Approach to Online Violence

Yann Borgstedt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Yann Borgstedt

Why do we call women's issues "women's issues"? So much of the inequality and violence that women encounter are relevant to men as well. The problems of patriarchy are not exclusively damaging to women -- they hurt men, too.

The Problem With White America

Kim Simon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Kim Simon

Dear White People, "Sending prayers to Charleston!" "Holding space for my brothers and sisters in Charleston!" "Hugs!" "My heart is so broken. ...

What Inclusive Feminism Looks Like, In 7 Images

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women

One artist wants to show the world: This is what feminism looks like. Photographer Erin Lefevre's new series is inspired by her own feelings on fem...

10 Brilliant Women On Why Need Feminism, Illustrated

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women

In the series "We Are Entitled To Wear Cowboy Boots To Our Own Revolution," illustrator Ellen T. Crenshaw has created the closest thing we've ever fou...

SCOTUS Rally Shows Marriage Equality Is Everyone's Fight

Julian Gomez | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Julian Gomez

Does the Constitution require states to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples? Should states be required to recognize gay and lesbian marriages performed in other states in which it is legal?

Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hopefully legitimize a belief that many of us in the LGBT community already consider an inalienable right -- marriage equality for all -- it's high time we start preparing ourselves for the next major issue to address: intersectionality.

I Dream America

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

If I could remake America, I wouldn't add a thing. She's got it all. Instead, I'd take away some things.

How to Solve Dartmouth's Diversity and Inclusion Challenges

Justin Maffett | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Justin Maffett

Discussions of sexual assault at Dartmouth's students are geared towards the heteronormative sexual and social relationships that emerge primarily in fraternity basements. Dartmouth cannot afford to fail these students by neglecting to prepare them for the spectrum of situations they may encounter.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

This Gay Couple Shows How Love Can Overcome Bigotry

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Thorsten Middelhof and Naparuj Mond Kaendi have been in a long-distance relationship for two and a half years, bridging the gap between Thorsten’s h...

'Bessie' Director On The Surprisingly Open Sexuality Of 1920s Black Artists

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Gay Voices

HBO's new biopic "Bessie," which stars Queen Latifah, chronicles the life of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith -- from her rise to fame to the expre...

The Myth of Black Gay Privilege

James Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices
James Jones

Does "black gay privilege" still hold when trying to negotiate a raise or a promotion? It is one thing to evaluate a person's multiple social identities on paper and quite another to evaluate that individual in person.

Take a Moment to Learn About Intersectional Feminism With Pizza

Erin Spencer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Erin Spencer

Comedian/writer/awesome human Akilah Hughes created a neat video that breaks down intersectionality in feminism... with pizza. The video, which she shared on her Twitter account, includes awesome pizza metaphors to illustrate the issue in a new and mouthwatering way.

New Ways to Learn: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The practice of giving daily has changed my life. In 2012, I co-founded The Pollination Project which makes daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Does Wearing Makeup Make Me a Bad Feminist?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

I wear makeup. Not every day, but then, I work from home, so half the time I don't put on my clothes, let alone my face. But if I'm going out and I have time, I'll do my makeup. But what message am I sending my kids?