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Intersectionality

Take a Moment to Learn About Intersectional Feminism With Pizza

Erin Spencer | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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?

RE: Are You Black first? #GayAgenda

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Sheena C. Howard

More germane, if you are a negro and part of the LGBT community, step aside; we need to register you as a person fighting for the black cause or the gay cause, pick one -- you can't do both. These are mutually exclusive.

Why I Teach Feminism at an Urban High School

Sarah Marcus | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women
Sarah Marcus

During one of our discussions about gender expectations, one of my senior girls says, "A master key is a key that can open any lock. That's how we treat boys having sex. But, a lock that can be opened by any key is a bad lock. That's how people look at girls." Brilliant. Devastating.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Intersectionality, Women's Rights, LGBT Rights and Moving the Conversation Forward

Andy Kopsa | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Andy Kopsa

This is the truth of what happens to women and girls around the world. We are brutalized and then re-victimized because in some way the violence visited us was "our fault." We see this in the United States and around the world.

Patricia Arquette's Stirring Oscars Call (and Teaching Moment) About Wage Equality

Christine Pelosi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

From President Obama's calls for equal pay to the House Democrats' Women Succeed agenda to the nonpartisan National Women's Law Center to now Oscar night itself, this issue is gaining traction.

Our Black Future Legends Are Here

Mustafa Sullivan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Mustafa Sullivan

When black people are homophobic, they are doing the oppressor's work for them, and when white queers erase the experiences and efforts of black transgender women and LGBTQ youth of color, they are doing the oppressor's work for them.

Braden Goyette

What Jonathan Chait Doesn't Understand About Identity Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Braden Goyette | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media

Race is an absurd illusion with material consequences, a paradox that makes it slippery to discuss. (In the words of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ...

Historic Black LGBTQ Intergenerational Discussion on Selma

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

For the first time ever, an intergenerational and interracial gathering of LGBTQ voices of color and our allies came together, creating the paradigm of how future discussions should take place.

Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There is a fine line between showcasing the beauty of ASL, and utilizing sign language as a gimmick. Hearing artists often toe this line without even considering the opportunities that exist for better collaboration.

The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Regardless of the normative circumstances of death and destruction going on all around her in the 14th Century, Julian of Norwich believed in the power of God to partner with us in liberating the self through love.

Shout and Shoot: The American Police State

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Police officers who clearly treat whites and blacks differently have been given military hardware and rules of engagement that allow them to be more aggressive and escalate the use of force faster than troops in a war zone. Let that sink in for a moment.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

Lavenderizing Italian American Heritage Month: A Celebration of Intersecting Identities

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I imagine some of you may relate to feeling like an outsider at some point in your life. Some of you may feel enormous social pressure to conform to what others expect of you. Those that expect you to alter yourself may be your own family, ethnic community, and friends.

The First Annual Out Of The Binders Conference And The Power Of Female Communities

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Meghan O'Dea

I can't wait for equality and to see sexism become a thing of the past, but I hope we don't lose the sense of sisterhood and excitement we had this weekend.

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

The Ties That Bind Us

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

As a transgender woman I get asked by gays and lesbians quite frequently how the T fits in the LGBT, and why transgender rights should be part of the larger gay agenda. Rather than shrug off the question, I take the time to actually answer.

Why I'm Excited About The Future Of Feminism

Terry O'Neill | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

No NOW conference would be complete without a strong focus on grassroots organizing, and one of the most important things feminist can do in the next five months is elect more feminists to office.

New York State of Mind

Mona R. Washington | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Mona R. Washington

PASSENGER: I'll tell you what. Make believe I'm a white businessman and drop me off directly in front of the hotel. That is all.

Listening to #TheseOrgsAintLoyal

Maya Rupert | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

The overwhelming failure of so many LGBT organizations to mention the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a symptom of a larger problem, and until more LGBT organizations start showing up more consistently and visibly for folks of color, they will keep questioning the motives of the movement.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Gina Crosley-Corcoran | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Gina Crosley-Corcoran

I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep. But luckily my college education introduced me to a more nuanced concept of privilege: intersectionality.

Elder Abuse and Older Americans Month: A Tribute to My Immigrant Mother

Robert Espinoza | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

Two residents at my mother's nursing home in northern Colorado began overcrowding her table at dinner time, making it uncomfortable for her to sit or eat. And when she complained informally to a staff member, the couple launched a full-on assault.