A Message from the USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni AssociationWhy International Women's Day Matters to the LGBTQ+ Community

During International Women’s Day on March 8, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women around the world and reflect on the intersectionality of womanhood, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.

For decades, the day has provided a platform to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights; however, it’s essential to recognize that the fight for gender equality encompasses a broad spectrum of identities and experiences. Within the LGBTQ+ community, women face unique challenges and forms of discrimination, often compounded by their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, ability and socioeconomic status.

When discussing women’s struggles and triumphs, we often fall short of capturing the full spectrum of experiences. LGBTQ+ women face the double jeopardy of discrimination based on both gender and sexual orientation/gender identity. They are more likely to endure violence, economic hardship and healthcare disparities. Their voices are often marginalized within both feminist and LGBTQ+ movements.

At USC Lambda, we are committed to fostering inclusivity and solidarity within our community. We recognize the importance of intersectionality in our advocacy efforts, and strive to create spaces where all women, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feel seen, heard and valued.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us recommit ourselves to the fight for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. Let us honor the trailblazing women who have paved the way for progress and stand in solidarity with those who continue to face barriers to equality. Together, we can create a more just and inclusive world for all women, regardless of who they are or whom they love.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Sasha Subramanyam
Graduate Assistant
USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association