At The Psychology Group we pledge to treating LGBTQ+ individuals from a Liberation perspective.
By definition, liberation is “the act of liberating,” or “a movement seeking equal rights and status for a group.”
Using Liberation Psychology, we are prompted to think about the roots of how gender and sexual orientation norms were formed. We think about how this impacts Transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals and how to transform healthcare and our communities.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term intersectionality, reported in an interview with TIME that this is “basically a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other.” She goes on to say, “We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts.”
Intersectionality is a theory that explains that people have different identities and/or social categorizations (e.g. race, class, gender, sexual orientation) that grant them different privileges and/or disadvantages.
This is important to think about because those privileges or disadvantages can impact an individual’s physical and mental health in many ways (e.g. access to medical or mental health treatment, education, job opportunities, etc.).
For example, a white, heterosexual, cisgender (identifying with gender assigned at birth), middle class, college-educated man will have more advantages and potentially better health outcomes than a black, queer (term used to express fluid identities and orientations), poor, high-school educated, trans woman.
With the rising concerns related to racial injustices, it spotlights the imperative to address the intersectionality between race, class, gender and LGBTQ+ issues.