Towards An Integrated Queer of Color Framework
Chapter 1: Intersectionality of Black Lesbian Female Identity
Intersectionality of Black Lesbian Female Identity
There is still a paucity of research that looks at the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation, specifically focusing on the Black lesbian community. There is a plethora of scholarship that examines lesbian and gay representations in the media as well as the developmental process of coming out. However, a scarcity of attention has been given to Black lesbian identity, especially in the areas of the coming-out process as well as coping mechanisms developed by the community in negotiating coming out in public discourse. One of the major reasons for this void in the literature is largely due to the lack of a queer of color theoretical framework that gives researchers the tool to examining the complexity of the Black lesbian community. Therefore, there is still a gap to be filled within queer scholarship, and specifically Black queer scholarship that takes race/ethnicity into consideration when examining the ways in which Black lesbians navigate within an oppressive society.
The goal of this chapter is twofold: (1) to draw on theoretical and conceptual frameworks within current literature, especially those that position us to move toward a more integrated queer of color framework, such as intersectionality (Audre Lorde and Lisa Bowleg) and matrix of domination (Patricia Hill Collins); and (2) to illuminate the intricacies of the Black lesbian community through making connections among race, gender, and sexual orientation, specifically as it relates to intersectionality. Throughout this chapter, the...
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