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Intersectionality

Municipal ID Cards: Social Inclusion and Economic Benefits

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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.

Pondering Male Privilege Post-Transition

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The reality of male privilege is well established, but sometimes it feels taboo to ask how far male privilege goes. Who better to ask about it, though, than trans men and women who have lived on both sides of the divide?

Pride Ain't All Good: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The massive party known as Pride is very much a space for the white, the cisgender, and the class-privileged. What about the rest of us? Pride is not a safe space for this othered other, a black queer man of trans experience deemed too queer by a community invested in their own recognition.

NIH Launches Unprecedented Call for Input on LGBTI Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the premier health research institution in the world, wants us to tell them what we care about in LGBTI and Two-Spirit health. We have from now until Oct. 28 to speak up... or forever wish we had.

Marching on the Dance Floor

Maurice Tracy | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

It is not picking one issue as more important than another. Which leaves me wondering, do I go out and twirl for all of the couples who now are going to enjoy a thousand plus rights previously, and wrongfully, denied to them, or do I wail because of yesterday?

That Moment When Ellen Sturtz Heckled Michelle Obama

Maurice Tracy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Maurice Tracy

How does BlaQueer me cheer on Sturtz for heckling Michelle Obama unless I ignore the racial composition of the encounter? How does BlaQueer me cheer on Michelle Obama for dismissing the heckler unless I ignore Sturtz's position as a second-class citizen vis-à-vis her sexuality?

Continuing the Class Discussion

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Walker Bristol

In the wake of my piece last week, "The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty," a variety of commentators -- some a part of the movement, some unaffiliated atheists and agnostics, some religious -- have weighed in. Naturally, I wanted to keep the discussion going.

Azealia Banks, Intersectionality And How Her Word Reclaiming Isn't Possible

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I'm well aware of the misogyny and homophobia of hip-hop as a whole and the fact that Azealia's male counterparts say similar things on wax and outside the studio, but I'm specifically irritated and baffled by Azealia's ignorance, behavior and theories because she's a black bisexual woman.

My Queer Wish List for 2013: 10 Out-of-the-Spotlight Hopes for the New Year

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

As 2012 comes to a close, there is a lot to be thankful for in the LGBT world. But there are plenty of other important issues that receive less attention. Here's my out-of-the-spotlight queer wish list for the New Year.

Can We Stop Using the 'Fat' Argument?

Zach Stafford | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Zach Stafford

By continuing to throw the anti-fat rhetoric at the folks at Chick-fil-A, we are not only being jerks to people for something that they may or may not be able to control, we are also isolating and attacking people within our own community.

Taking New Vows

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez | Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

We deserve to share our lives with the people we choose to love, and we deserve the equal protections promised by our forefathers. We deserve to, and we must, get equal.

A Feminist's U-Turn: A Torrid Tale of Disappointment and Discovery

Megan Carpentier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Megan Carpentier

Writing about women's issues made me learn more about those issues and feminist theories about them than a classroom ever did. It also allowed reclaim the word "feminist" for myself.