Happy #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Let’s make sure it’s as #intersectional as possible!
The Combahee River Collective was a queer black feminist organization active in Boston from 1974 to 1980 that met to discuss and address issues of concern to black women including racial and sexual discrimination, homophobia, heterosexism, and classism. The Collective was instrumental in highlighting that the white feminist movement was not inclusive of their needs and it was responsible for the Combahee River Collective Statement. Instead of being named after a person, the Collective was named after an event- the Combahee River Raid- the freeing of more than 750 slaves that occurred at Combahee River planned and led by Harriet Tubman- the only military campaign in American history planned and led by a woman. Members included Demita Frazier, Beverly Smith, Barbara Smith, Chirlane McCray (First Lady of NYC), Audre Lorde, Alexis De Veaux, Cheryl Clarke, and Celia "Cessie" Alfonso. #LGBTQHistory #QTPOCHistory #CombaheeRiverCollective #Intersectionality