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  • Blog
    Wed, 26 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Labi Siffre

    Claudius Afolabi “Labi” Siffre was a singer songwriter, composer and poet from London. The fourth of five of Barbadian-Belgian and Nigerian descent. Although educated in Catholic School he stated that he has always been an atheist. He studied music at the Eric Gilder School of Music and remembered his experience with... more...

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    Tue, 25 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Josephine...

    Josephine Bakers life story is unbelievably queer. The first indication of this is found in the St. Louis city records. Her mother, Carrie McDonald was admitted to the exclusively all white Female Hospital after becoming pregnant whilst working for a German family. This was 1906. America was segregated, patriarchal and typically Black... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 24 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Audre Lorde

      Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,”. A native New Yorker, daughter of West Indian immigrants, she became an influential black feminist thinker, essayist, memoirist and novelist. She focused her prose and poetry on the complexities of sexual and racial identity through a... more...

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    Thu, 20 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Marsha P....

      Outspoken transgender activist, fashion icon, drag performer and pioneer Marsha P. Johnson began to wear dresses at the age of 5. As it so often happens, other children teased, harassed and bullied her to the point where she eventually stopped. Not until she graduated high school and moved to New York City—with $15 and a... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 18 Feb 2020
    Article 58th Commission for Social Development

    Our organization’s engagement with the United Nations serves to enhance and bolster our deep commitment to global peacemaking, social justice and advocacy for the world’s most vulnerable populations. For the 58th Commission for Social Development at the United Nations, Intersections International staffer, Jude Wetherell,... more...

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    Tue, 18 Feb 2020
    ArticleHighlighting Black + LGBT Pioneers: Willi Ninja

    Willi Ninja, born William Roscoe Leake, was an American choreographer and dancer known for his iconic dance style featured in the movie Paris is Burning. Identifying as a gay man, Ninja’s distinctive dance style was inspired by Fred Astaire, young Michael Jackson, Olympic gymnasts, Asian culture and haute couture. Although Ninja... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 6 Feb 2020
    ArticleReflections on The Year of Return

    I N T R O D U C T I O N From surfing across all social media platforms, to detailed google docs managing multiple itineraries and group messages between friends and family, The Year of Return made its way across the Atlantic into the palms of our hands. Marking the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans leaving the shores of the... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Feb 2020
    ArticleWorld Interfaith Harmony Week: The Role of...

    “Don’t remain passive. Speak out! Speak out!” – Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, reflecting on his work and the need to always speak out against injustice. To commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week, Intersections participated in an event at... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 29 Jan 2020
    ArticleHow the UN is Engaging with Youth and Civil...

    As the United Nations gears up for its 75th General Assembly in September 2020, an important conversation about whose voices are being heard is currently taking place at the headquarters. On January 29th, Intersections staffers attended the UN75 inaugural launch event titled “Youth in the Driving Seat” with... more...

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    Mon, 27 Jan 2020
    ArticleReflections on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Jerusalem is one big traffic jam today and an emotional clog. Dozens of world leaders have gathered to honor the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz ahead of the International Holocaust Memorial Day next week. My father survived Auschwitz and didn’t talk much about what really happened there. In one of my first... more...