Black LGBTQ+ people simultaneously fight for multiple equality movements | March on Washington

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08/25/2020

WASHINGTON — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) people of color have often been involved in equality movements throughout American history. But organizers and LGBTQ+ issues were often left in the shadows. LGBTQ+ people have faced discrimination, inequities under the law, and incidents of hate and violence. In America, the evolution of LGBTQ+ people fighting for their rights is complex. “I just want to make sure we understand there is no linear narrative about the queer rights or gay rights movement,” Dr. Kalima Young, professor at Towson University, said. “I also want to make sure we are clear that POC (people of color) and gender non-conforming folks have been in these streets from jump street.”

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