Why you should embrace intersectionality:
Because it’s the same rich white guys who are leading the call to hold us down, so when you ignore intersectionality, you’re making them a little stronger, strength they will gladly use to tighten their grip on all of our throats. That’s why if you’re failing at including homosexuals, the disabled, or trans* people, I get just as pissed as I would if you were ignoring black people. When you fuck with one of us, you kinda fuck with all of us.
National Coalition for LGBT Health: Guiding Principles for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusion in Health Care
All people deserve health care that effectively addresses all aspects of their needs, including prevention, treatment, and wellness services. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, however, access to vital health care services often does not exist. Moreover, factors like low rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of anti-LGBT violence, the stress of coping with systemic discrimination around sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and a lack of cultural competency in the health care system mean that LGBT people suffer from significant health disparities. In a system that does not support alternative family structures and nontraditional caregivers, these challenges increase exponentially for LGBT youth, the children of LGBT parents, and older LGBT adults.
Many members of the LGBT community also belong to other communities that face substantial disparities and are thus vulnerable to cumulative negative outcomes: for example, a transsexual Spanish-speaking woman must navigate multiple layers of discrimination based on language, ethnicity, gender, and gender identity.
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