Queer Query: The Sovereignty of Self

The Intersections of the Reproductive Justice and Queer Liberation Movements

I think the best way to start this off is to addressing that I'm not at the pinnacle of knowledge when it comes to Reproductive Justice intersections yet, but I certainly do believe that everyone's knowledge is constantly evolving and sharing what you know, along with your opinions, is a good way to summon more knowledge your way!

When most think of both the Reproductive Justice movement and the LGBT / Queer Liberation movement, they envision them in two separate realms, totally oblivious of the multiple similarities of the two movements. Some people believe that when it comes to advocating or playing the role, it’s up to you to choose one. However, the reality is both rely on the argument of bodily autonomy. The right to make decisions that are best for you and your own body, and the right to make them by yourself without influence from the government.

Along with agency, the two movements share more common principles: Power. Dignity. Rights. Autonomy. Powerful enough to stand on their own, but when intersectionality is thrown into the mix, the army of support grows larger and with that, the amount of those affected grows too.

Some intersections include - but are not limited to - medical procedures that aren’t based on gender identity. Acknowledging that some transgender folks will need an abortion, hysterectomy, or a breast exam is still not part of the principle of basic health care. Assigning women to these procedures can lead to misgendering and can diminish the sense of inclusivity. A second intersection is that everyone deserves to have a family if and when they choose to. Family planning is at the forefront of both movements, whether it’s being able to adopt or have a child and parent with their partner.

A few examples include: being able to have access to birth control or abortion services when someone makes the decision that this is the path they will be taking. Making information and educational opportunities inclusive and accessible, decriminalizing and supporting sex workers, meaning: public support in cases of sexual assault and rape, avoiding reliance on social stigma in regard to their line of work, and judgment-free health care services.

Most importantly: allowing people the freedom to self identify without judgment are also ways we can improve the intersectionality between our movements. Everyone has the ability to identify with intersectionality. Intersectionality can be at the heart of what we do and it has the power to make us stronger as a collective.

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