Reflections on intersectional allyship

During the CU Pride Leadership Conference earlier this month, members of one of the panels talked about their experiences with “intersectional allyship.”

Being an ally, in simple terms, means being someone who aligns with and supports a cause with another individual or group of people. “Intersectionality,” first coined by Kimberly Krenshaw in the 1970s, is the idea that the certain aspects of who a person is (such as their race, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status) will increase their access to the good things or their exposure to the bad things in life. “Intersectional allyship” means being an ally to more than one group of people.

Here’s what the panelists had to say.

On Allyship

Panelist Scott P. Young, VP/innovation and design at CUESolutions provider PSCU, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Floria, said his allyship has evolved a lot over the last five years. He also emphasized that being an ally is different from simply being supportive. Allyship is a longer, deeper journey.


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