Intersectionality describes a way that we can deconstruct the many ways that various forms or systems of oppression (ie racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism etc) meet in our lived experiences. Because we are all complex and dynamic beings, and because white-hetero-normative-ableist-transphobic-patriarchy is so incredibly layered and multifaceted; it is difficult (if not almost impossible) to separate one form of oppression from another in our lives.
This page is dedicated to looking at our many identities that may intersect with that of mixed race, as it is incredibly important but often silenced for so many reasons. Not every piece posted here will necessarily have to do with “mixed-ness” per se, but at the very least, something that we as racialized mixed-race identified folks may relate to.
The list still needs a lot of work, so we are looking for articles, blogs, poems, art etc that look at intersectionality through an anti-oppression lens. Please send or post anything you can think of in the comments below to help build the page, as well as feedback and checks to make sure that this remains as safe a space as possible.
30 Bisexual Women Discuss Their Long-Term Relationships with Men by Ashley C. Ford
Djuan Trent, Former Miss Kentucky, On Why She Came Out As ‘Queer’ by Michelangelo Signorile
From Married Woman to Radical Queer: Permission to Re-make Ourselves by Brittany Chávez
Funny Kind of Girl by Morgan Melendres Mentz (from “Mixed up!” see below)
Homeward Bound: Searching for the Secret Island of Black Queer Mixed Femmes by Kim Katrin Milan
I know I’m Queer – Now What? by Erin Tatum
I Think I Might Not Be Straight – So What Am I? by Melissa A. Fabello
Indian Blood: Mixed Race Gay Men, Transgender People, and HIV by Andrew Jolivette
Metis Photographer’s Two Spirit Project is Shaking Things Up by D.A. Navoti
Mixed-race transgender person sues Appleton nightclub by Autumn Sandeen
Laying Claim to My Sexual and Racial Identity Saved My Life by Lauren Dunn
So much time spent in bed: Gloria Anzaldua, chronic illness, Coatlicue and disability by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Talking Mixed-Race Identity with Young Children by Sharon H. Chang
What A _______ Can Take by Caro Reyes (from “Mixed up!” see above)
When My Biracial Identity And Eating Disorder Collide by Gina Florio
Why Don’t You Date White Girls? by Erika N. Turner
Why Michael Sam’s White Boyfriend Made Me Sigh by Owning my truth