Word of the Month

FLUIDITY

 
Generally attached to another term--like gender-fluid or fluid-sexuality.  It describes an identity that is on a continuum of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Recap:  Biological Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sexual Orientation
 
The possibilities are endless...
 
Biological Sex - your parts - female = vagina, ovaries, XX chromosomes; male = penis, testes, XY chromosomes; intersex = a combination of the two (either internally, externally or both)
 
Gender Identity - what you think and feel you are regardless of your anatomy and chromosomes
 

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs.  Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure...a society in which individuals are both self determining (able to develop their full capacities) and interdependent (capable of interacting democratically with others). 
 
 

(Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Bell, 1997, p3)

IDENTITY

The fact of being who or what a person or thing is (Oxford Dictionaries)

Sounds pretty simple when you say it that way.  Yet, there is a vast amount of academic research and countless studies on the topic of identity...its definition, how it forms--is nurtured or stunted and its significance to individuals, and their interactions within society.
 
Here are just a few resources to guide our understanding of the LGBTQAI identity process
 
Cass Identity Model 
 

INTERSECTIONALITY

Although the concept has existed since the 19th century, law professor Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term in 1989. "Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability and ethnicity."

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