Multiple discrimination/ Intersectionality

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Many people, especially queer refugees, experience several forms of discrimination at the same time – such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism or classism.

The overlapping of these forms of discrimination is also called intersectionality. The term intersectionality comes from Kimberlé Crenshaw, an African American attorney, feminist, and activist.

Discrimination can affect queer refugee and migrant people in various situations: for example, in the refugee shelter, at authorities and offices, when looking for housing or at the training place, at (gay) parties, in discos and public transport.

Discrimination may also occur due to HIV infection. People with HIV often experience discrimination, for example, in the hospital or when visiting the dentist.

Therefore, the life realities of people who are affected by multiple discrimination must be thought of in their complexity. In this way, effective support can be offered against multiple discrimination.