Public discussion with guests:
Intersectionality is a concept first introduced to the space of theoretical analysis in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and in recent years it has developed into a crucial tool for understanding structural discrimination. It refers to the simultaneous experience of categorical and hierarchical classifications, including but not limited to race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. It also refers to the fact that what are often perceived as disparate forms of oppression – like racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia – are actually mutually dependent and intersect in nature, and combined they create a unified system of oppression. Therefore, the privileges we enjoy and the discrimination we face are a product of our unique positioning in society as determined by these social classifiers.
(Cole, Nicki Lisa, Ph.D.; https://www.thoughtco.com/intersectionality-definition-3026353)
During this public discussion, we will take a closer look at the intersectionality of gender identities/sexual orientation and homelessness, mental health, and discrimination based on ableism.