At the tail end of Black History Month and the cusp of Women's History Month, here's a look at a few of the countless queer women of color who are making history with their voices.
About: Since age 13, Yancey has been involved in activism — she founded her middle school's gay-straight alliance. Now she's a lead organizer for Boston's arm of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and was present in Ferguson, Mo., for many of the most notable demonstrations.
Key Quote: “I’m black and gay, all the time.” — Boston, January 29
Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac
Where: Los Angeles
About: One of the three co-founders of the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, and the executive director of Dignity & Power Now, a grassroots organization that fights for the rights of incarcerated people, their families, and communities.
Key Quote: "It started to become clear as the hashtag began to grow, that the historical narrative was playing out. The historic narrative of black people has been that we've been fighting for black, cis, hetero, Christian men — both their lives, and for them being at the forefront of the conversation… I think there was this sort of thing for black folks where it was like, being black was already hard enough. It's too much to try to be black and gay, black and trans, black, trans and poor, black gay and poor — it's too much. Let's focus on this one issue that's called blackness, as if blackness doesn't encompass all of everything. As if blackness is one thing. And once we get that down, we can focus on other things. But that's actually a very harmful narrative, because blackness is everything. You can't tell me I'm also not a woman. You can't tell me I'm also not queer. It shapes how I see the world." — MSNBC, February 20