CHICAGO- On Saturday morning, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Interim President Joni Madison delivered a keynote address on “The LGBTQIA+ Community in the Intersectional Feminist Movement” at the National Organization for Women (NOW) 2022 National Conference in Chicago. In her remarks, Joni highlighted the need for united action between the LGBTQ+ and intersectional feminist movements in the fight against the recent attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and abortion access. She also takes on those who claim that inclusive language erases women, saying, “We understand that inclusive language around issues such as abortion access and reproductive rights doesn't erase women —rather, it highlights just how many people are being impacted.”
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Find some key excerpts from HRC Interim President Joni Madison’s remarks as drafted below:
“LGBTQ+ people -- no matter what identities we hold -- we need to show up in the fight for abortion access and bodily autonomy and in the fight for women’s rights.
And as feminists -- no matter what identities we hold -- we need to show up for our trans and non-binary family.
Right now, all of our shared progress is on the line. Which means we’re going to have to lean into our shared power as a beloved community.”
“All of these attacks are rooted in misogyny and in gender essentialism.
They are in service of achieving a vision of a white nationalist America — where identity is immutable and hierarchical -- where more freedoms for some mean fewer freedoms for others.
This is the vision of America we saw on January 6, 2021.
This is an emergency for our communities and our entire democracy.”
“In mainstream media outlets, we’ve seen folks making the argument that inclusive language around reproductive justice erases women.
As advocates, we know that allowing someone to be themselves does not take away your own sense of identity, but instead ensures everyone is able to live authentically.
We understand that inclusive language around issues such as abortion access and reproductive rights doesn't erase women —rather, it highlights just how many people are being impacted.”
“Right now, we also have legislation moving in the Senate to help protect marriage equality.
We need your help, we need you to call your senator…and say vote yes to protect marriage equality.
Strike down DOMA as law of the land and codify marriage equality for this nation.”
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