Intersectionality is a term that describes how different aspects of one’s identity, such as race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc., interact and shape one’s experiences of oppression and privilege.
Coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989, the term intersectionality was created in order to build a more inclusive and transformative social justice movement. The concept of intersectionality challenges the idea that there is a single or universal way of being queer, feminist, or any other identity category. Instead, it recognizes the diversity and complexity of human lives and the need for solidarity and justice across different struggles.
This blog post introduces some queer authors who explore intersectionality in their works, especially in relation to their racial and cultural backgrounds. These authors offer insights into the joys and challenges of being queer alongside other intentionally marginalized identities, as well as the beauty and resilience of their communities. Whether you are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novels, this reading list will provide works that resonate.