According to Merriam-Webster, intersectionality is defined as the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect. On today’s episode, we’re joined by Mark Travis Rivera, Artistic Director and Founder of the Marked Dance Project and author of the book Drafts, to have a about intersectionality and discrimination. Mark Travis Rivera certainly understands discrimination. A Latino with cerebral palsy raised in an inner-city environment by a single mother, Rivera endured oppression and bullying from an early age. In the face of such experiences, coming out as gay with a nonconforming gender identity required immense strength and courage.
In 1970, the first gay parade was held in various cities across the US, on the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Kacey, Jazmin and Carl from Ology Research Group, along with friends, family and tens of thousands of volunteers will be marching next weekend for NYC’s 47th annual Pride March. On this episode, we decided to dedicate a discussion to the march, the struggle, the dialogue and the future.