Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities
The Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities Transdisciplinary Core promotes empowerment, inclusion, and equity for LGBTQIA+ people with multiple marginalized identities in Richmond, Virginia. Based on a dual-pronged approach that elucidates experiences and effects of discrimination while also highlighting resilience and resistance, we frame our work according to four “i’s:
- Injustice: Recognizing the reality of discrimination
- Involvement: Emphasizing identification with communities and activism
- Imagination: Underscoring the way LGBTQIA+ people with other marginalized identities help all of us to reimagine ways of creating/enacting relationships, commitments, and families
- Instigation: Focusing on efforts to bring about social change
Transdisciplinary core team
- Bill Harrison
- Executive director, Diversity Richmond
As executive director of Diversity Richmond, Central Virginia’s LGBT community center, Harrison has helped the organization award over $1 million to local nonprofits. His previous work experience includes the American Red Cross, Health Brigade (Fan Free Clinic) and the Virginia Department of Health’s HIV program.
- Brooke Taylor
- Youth coordinator, Side by Side
Brooke is a tireless advocate for social justice in all forms. She has worked toward equality for marginalized people who experience discrimination, poverty, incarceration, food insecurity, and unemployment for over ten years. She currently serves as a youth coordinator for Side by Side, a licensed minister with the United Church of Christ, a radio show host with Critiques for the Culture, and an organizer for #Campaign4ComfortRVA.
- Kathleen Ingram, J.D., Ph.D.
- Associate professor, Department of Psychology and chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Kathleen Ingram’s research focuses on how our connections with others influence our health and well-being. She has co-authored research articles related to heterosexism in the workplace, adjustment among people living with HIV, and counseling psychology journals’ coverage of issues related to sexual minority groups.
- Lacette Cross
- Pastor, Restoration Fellowship RVA
Lacette Cross has been actively involved in the greater Richmond community as a faith leader, youth development professional, community advocate, and speaker. Lacette has participated in conferences, workshops, panels and summits throughout the country on topics of sexuality, LGBTQ inclusion, race, gender, religion and justice.
- Ravi Perry, Ph.D.
- Chair and associate professor, VCU Political Science
Ravi Perry is immediate past president of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, former NAACP president in Worcester, M.A., has published three books, and is currently writing Black Queer Electoral Politics: Introducing America’s Openly Lesbian and Gay Politicians.
- Rodney Lofton
- Vice president and deputy director, Diversity Richmond
Rodney Lofton has been a voice and advocate for those living with HIV for almost 20 years. He has worked extensively in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and case management with organizations in Richmond, Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, N.M.
- Taneasha White
- Richmond community organizer, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
Taneasha has worked to educate the community about intersectional issues, such as the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community, as well as leading recovery writing workshops in the Richmond City jail. In addition, she also works within advocacy for reproductive freedom and liberation of marginalized communities.
- Ted Lewis
- Executive director, Side by Side
Ted Lewis has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth mainly through working within higher education institutions. They also served as the Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator for Campus Pride, a national organization focused on LGBTQ+ college student leaders.
- Alex Wagaman, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor, School of Social Work
Alex works as a co-researcher with Advocates for Richmond Youth, a research collective engaged in work to end youth housing instability in the Richmond area. Her scholarship focuses on participatory research and social service approaches with young people who are members of populations that face oppression and marginalization, including LGBTQ youth.
- Zakia McKensey
- Founder, Nationz Foundation
Zakia McKensey has worked tirelessly to advocate for the transgender community and those affected by HIV/AIDS since starting her career with the Fan Free Clinic in 2001. She is now the executive director and founder of Nationz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free HIV and Syphilis testing as well as linkage to care services and a food pantry.
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