Intersecting Identities


Everyone has multiple, intersecting identities.  Each of us has identities around our lived experiences, which are influenced by our age, cultures, (dis)ability, education, family structure, gender expression, gender identity, geographic origin, language, race/ethnicity, religious/faith/spiritual tradition, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, among others.  For members of the LGBTQA+ community, coming out may be perceived as conflicting with other identities or experiences (e.g., coming out as a gay Muslim).

We often seek out communities based on our identities.  However, for those who hold multiple marginalized identities, finding community or multiple communities can be difficult.  For example, LGBTQA+ folks may find community in umbrella LGBTQA+ organizations.  However, the organization may not be inclusive to those people of color.  At the same time, those same people of color may not feel welcomed in an organization focused on people of color if that community is not inclusive of people who are LGBTQA-identified.

Here at MSU, we have a few organizations that are built around these multiple identities; learn more about them here.

To learn more about specific identities and their intersections, click below:

To learn more about intersectionality from scholar Kimberle Crenshaw, check out these resources:

These pages are meant to help address the needs of multiple and/or intersecting identities within the LGBTQA+ community.  If you have more recommendations for resources, please e-mail