How are the experiences of a poor, Native-American gay man different from those of an upper-middle class, Latina bisexual woman who has a visible disability? What do a middle-class, African-American genderqueer person and an old, working-class white lesbian have in common? Among the complexities of identity politics is the question of how to incorporate individuals’ intersecting positions in multiple systems of oppression and privilege into our theorizing and activism. When we focus our attention on issues associated with gender(s) and sexuality/ies, we tend to lose sight of the other influences on individuals’ lives, such as social class, race/ethnicity, age, and (dis)abilities. In this presentation, I will discuss the importance of using an intersectional approach to understand LGBT issues, as well as the consequences of failing to take such an approach.
Students will be able to define an intersectional approach to understanding LGBT lives and experiences.
Students will be able to give examples of intersectional analysis.
Students will be able to discuss the consequences of failing to use an intersectional approach.
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