Writer and activist Audre Lorde shares why prejudice of any kind is a disservice to us all.
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“Sometimes we could not bear the face of each other’s differences because of what we feared those differences might say about ourselves. As if everybody can’t eventually be too Black, too white, too man, too woman. But any future vision which can encompass all of us, by definition, must be complex and expanding, not easy to achieve. But any future vision which can encompass all of us, by definition, must be complex and expanding, not easy to achieve.” — Audre Lorde, from her essay, Learning From The 60s
We’re always inspired by literary and activist icon Audre Lorde — especially now, as we gear up to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month in June. Born Audrey Geraldine Lorde in 1934, she taught, wrote, and acted in service of progress across intersections of gender, class, and selfhood.
Unironically, her highest vision for her work didn’t just hold space for everyone; it was predicated on it. Lorde’s outspokenness that racism, sexism, and homophobia are “particular manifestations of the same disease” remains as necessary today as ever — and stands as a reminder that while our fates are often bound, collective love and action stands to make us that much stronger.
How can you continue to expand your definitions of activism, awareness, and accountability?