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#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:


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