Intersectionality explained

Is everyone intersectional? You could say that everyone is intersectional in that we all inhabit multiple, overlapping identities. None of us is one-dimensional—we’re all multi-faceted human beings, and we like to be treated as such.

But it’s important to understand that intersectionality was developed specifically to highlight the unique identities and experiences of persons who are members of two or more marginalized groups--sometimes called double-outsider status. For instance, someone who is LGBTQ+ and a person of color.

This short video created by Professor Peter Hopkins of Newcastle University helps to summarize and encapsulate the decades-long development of the social framework known as intersectionality, and how it helps us understand people's different experiences, including experiences of privilege and/or discrimination.

YouTube video


Hopkins, Peter. (2018, April 22). What is intersectionality? [Video]. YouTube.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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