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LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality

The majority of information available on LGBTQIA+ people has come from research studies that focused on White participants. Yet, ethnicity frequently overlaps with sexual orientation and gender identity.

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnection of race, class, gender, and other social structures as applied to individuals. In other words, individuals have multiple identities that intersect, and can determine the ways in which they (and others) view themselves.

These social categories have been used to label individuals in everyday life, and have subsequently been used to justify prejudice towards what are considered to be social minorities. Racism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, classism, ableism, and religious intolerance are major contributors to peoples' oppression. These prejudices often lead to violence, isolation, legal and work related descrimination.

 

Transgender People of Color

Like gay, lesbian, and bisexual people of color, transgender people of color also balance the challenges of being both an ethnic and a sexual minority.

  • Unlike White transgendered individuals, who have the “luxury” of concentrating their efforts on only social or personal issues, transgender people of color are forced to address issues related to racism in their daily lives.
  • Transgender people of color are less likely than White transgender individuals to seek out trans-related and general health care services.
  • Black trans women face disproportionate levels of violence and discrimination than any other social group.