#DisabilityPrideMonth: Reinforcing the Power of LGBTIQ+ Lives through Intersectional Feminism
Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month? At Manushya Foundation, we are celebrating the amazing achievements, contributions, and resilience of LGBTIQ+ individuals with disabilities:
We See You
We Hear You
We Celebrate You
We Stand in Solidarity with You
We Love You
Intersectional feminism support for LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities is of paramount importance as it recognizes the interconnectedness of multiple marginalized identities and strives to address the unique challenges they face. Intersectional feminism acknowledges the intersecting experiences of gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability. It emphasizes the imperative to dismantle the intersecting barriers of ableism, heterosexism, racism, and cissexism, promoting inclusivity, accessibility, and reinforcing the power of all members of the LGBTIQ+ community, regardless of their disabilities.
LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities often face intersecting forms of discrimination, marginalization, and barriers to inclusion. They may experience prejudice and stigma based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability status, leading to increased vulnerability and social exclusion. For instance, they might encounter ableism within LGBTIQ+ spaces, as well as heterosexism and cissexism within disability communities.
In the context of intersectional feminism, it is crucial to support LGBTIQ+ individuals with disabilities because it acknowledges the complexity of their identities and the specific challenges they encounter. Intersectional feminism recognizes that systems of oppression intersect and compound, affecting individuals in unique ways. By incorporating an intersectional approach, we can address the diverse needs and experiences of LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities, advocating for their rights, dismantling discriminatory barriers, and amplifying their voice to create a more inclusive society.
Additionally, Disability Pride Month, celebrated in July, is an important time to recognize and celebrate the achievements, contributions, and resilience of individuals with disabilities. It serves as a platform to challenge ableism, promote disability rights, and foster a sense of pride and self-acceptance within the disability community. Recognizing and honoring Disability Pride Month within the context of LGBTIQ+ advocacy further highlights the importance of intersectionality, promoting solidarity and inclusivity for LGBTIQ+ people with disabilities.
#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings
Amazing article by: Dominyka Tam
✊ Love, Acceptance, and Visibility: Manushya Foundation reiterates its call for the recognition of the existence of all Human Beings within the LGBTIQ+ community. We stand in solidarity with the community and work towards achieving an inclusive society where everyone is accepted, valued, and embraced for their authentic selves.
By embracing intersectional feminism and recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ individuals with disabilities, we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable society, where all individuals are celebrated and supported to live authentically and fully participate in all aspects of life.
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➡️ Have a look at some of our previous work on countering hate speech and LGBTIQ+ issues, marriage equality, and human rights:
It’s #PrideMonth!, May 31, 2023
Lesbian Visibility Day, April 26, 2023
Informative post on Why Family Acceptance for LGBTIQ+ Youth Matters, April 25, 2023
Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2023
Informative video on What It Is Like to be Southeast Asian and LGBTIQ+ in the Digital Space, March 2, 2023
Recap from 'LGBTQI Digital Media Activism and Counter-hate Speech – Experiences from Asia & Europe', December 15, 2022
#HateSpeech: How is online hate speech hurting feminist activists today?, September 25, 2022
International Day for Countering Hate Speech, June 18, 2022
#BiVisibilityDay: Let's talk about the "B" in LGBTQIA+, September 22, 2022
Raising awareness about How Representation of LGBTIQ+ Relationships in Thai Media Might Hurt Real Communities, February 15, 2022
SLAPPs target everyone, including an LGBTIQ+ Activist Threatened to be Sued for Defamation, January 13, 2022
Why We Must Support 1448: the difference between marriage equality and civil partnership, December 19, 2021
Thailand UPR III Factsheet on the Situation of LGBTIQ+ Persons, including Youth and Children, September 29, 2021
Thailand UPR III Joint Submission on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Rights in Thailand, March 21, 2021