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The Queer Resource Center at my college calls a meeting of the LGBTQ group leaders to discuss a new initiative. Over the course of the discussion, leaders of the mainstream organizations say that LGBTQ issues should be treated as on par with race, gender and socioeconomic status. As a poor, queer woman of color, I have experienced first-hand how all of these identities are subject to erasure on my campus, particularly in spaces in which I’m pushed to choose between my race and sexuality. As the leader of a group serving queer students of color, I’m aggravated at their backhanded suggestions that my group disrupts the “united front” of the queer community when they so actively shut me down and out. 

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