We celebrate the intersections that make-up individuals in the LGBTQI+ community. Intersectionality is at the forefront of our work, because we live life in the intersection, and we maintain multiple lenses when viewing an issue or project and its effects. We will view diversity as a practice and a norm rather than an exception, and will purposefully choose programs and campaigns that reflect the diversity of AVP, and the greater LGBTQI+ community. Decisions and advancements will be made in recognition of the voices present, and that are also not present.
Intersectionality was first coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw to describe violence against women of color as distinct from violence against other communities. To understand the theory as originally articulated, we highly recommend reading Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence Against Women of Color.
The Equality Network: What is intersectionality?
The Opportunity Agenda: Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice