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A Note About Intersectionality
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016)
  • Megan E. Springate
Intersectionality is the recognition that categories of difference (sometimes also referred to as axes of identity) including—but not limited to—race, ethnicity, gender, religion/creed, generation, geographic location, sexuality, age, ability/disability, and class intersect to shape the experiences of individuals; that identity is multidimensional. These identities are not mutually exclusive but interdependent. LGBTQ is not a single community with a single history; indeed, each group represented by these letters (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) is made up of multiple communities. The axes of gender, generation, geographic location, ethnicity, and other factors play an important role in the history of LGBTQ America, shaping the various histories of LGBTQ communities across the nation and the places associated with them. For example, the experiences of rural LGBTQ individuals are different from those in urban areas; those of white, gay Latinos different from those of gay AfroLatino men; middle-class African American lesbians lives differ from those of working-class African American lesbians and middle-class white lesbians.
  • Intersectionality,
  • LGBTQ,
  • Queer History
Publication Date
October, 2016
Megan E. Springate
National Park Foundation and National Park Service
Citation Information
Megan E. Springate. "A Note About Intersectionality" Washington, DCLGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016)
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