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Intersectionality

Shout and Shoot: The American Police State

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.

Municipal ID Cards: Social Inclusion and Economic Benefits

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 04.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

We all stand to benefit from bringing people out of the shadows, improving access to law enforcement and supporting local businesses.

Calling In the Movement to More Thoughtfully Participate in One Billion Rising

Sara Alcid | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Along with our fellow activists, we have the responsibility to engage in open and honest reflection on how we do our work, how our identities and privilege impact this, and how we can and must do better.

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

14 LGBT Resolutions for 2014

Anna Aagenes | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Anna Aagenes

We have an opportunity to strengthen our efforts when we unify and include more diversity of voices in our fight for full equality.

Big Hopes for the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in 2014

Joe Solomon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

Young college students today have far more power than you realize. You are the first generation that isn't just fighting for your grandkids, or for your children per say -- but for your own future.

Overdose Prevention and Abortion: What's the Connection?

Melanie Zurek | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Melanie Zurek

What we are finding is that when we succeed at creating a safe space for the hard conversation about abortion, other conversations surface as well.

#MeninistTwitter: When Intersectionality and Policing Collide

Kevin Beckford | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

By no means can we say that the #MeninistTwitter trend was perfect. However, it could have been an incredibly powerful moment for learning if critics could have at least made an attempt to contextualize or engage with tweeters in a less dismissive and ignorant way.

5 Bloggers Who Are Blogging Better Than You (And Me)

Olivia Cole | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I wanted to hip you to five amazing women whose blogs you should be reading right now. If you want to improve the contents of your brain, read these women. If you want to improve the brains of the people around you, share their blogs. And don't stop there.

Renisha McBride: Knocking While Black

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Khanh Ho

I'm not black. I'm Asian American. But late at night, in a certain slant of light, I'm just a spook, a boogey man, a creep. I could see how a wary homeowner in hunting country could over-react to a stranger at the door.

We Must Stand With Marissa Alexander

Alice Wilder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Alice Wilder

A few days after giving birth, Florida woman Marissa Alexander was attacked by her allegedly abusive husband. She fired one warning shot, at the ceiling. No one was harmed. Alexander has no prior arrests. Marissa was sentenced to 20 years by the state of Florida.

Zillah Eisenstein: Imagine a World With Justice

V-Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
V-Day

Last year ONE BILLION RISING was a "catalyst and a wind." This year, come dance again. Come sing. Come imagine. And, come to reconfigure and begin to restructure the world with stronger winds. We are doing it for ourselves, and everyone.

Dr. King's Dream Includes LGBT People

John Becker | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

At the rally that preceded the march, speaker after speaker stood up and declared that the push for LGBT equality is a part of the broader civil rights movement.

Safe Space Is Not Safer

justin adkins | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
justin adkins

No one can declare a space "safe" for everyone, or anyone, except for themselves.