What Is Intersectionality?

If you had just one word to describe yourself, what would it be? That's the challenge posed to Mengjue Jiang. Watch this video to learn her response.

Intersectionality is a term that's used a lot these days, but it's actually been around for quite some time. The legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw first coined the term in 1989 to reference the specific forms of discrimination experienced by Black women.

Since then, the theory of intersectionality has been expanded to help us understand the ways that different aspects of our identities intersect and combine with one another, impacting our experiences and perspectives.

Intersectionality is an important concept to keep in mind while exploring LGBTQ+ identities. Watch as Mengjue Jiang helps clarify its key aspects in this brief and engaging video.

YouTube video


The Advocate. (2018, January 25). What Is Intersectionality? [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXJ4Dbdm1ks

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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