Sometimes it may seem like the movement for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) equality and the fight for reproductive justice are two totally different things. But are they? Both movements are built on the values that people have the right to: happy and healthy sex; the right to thrive; and the right to safe and celebrated gender expression. Both movements work to create policies and lived experiences where all people have agency, power, self-determination, autonomy, and dignity. Reproductive justice is for everybody and every body. A basic tenet of our freedom in this country is that we have the ability to control our own bodies.
URGE activists get this idea – we don’t make separate homes in the movements for LGBTQ equality and reproductive rights. We want a movement home that allows us to show up with every part of who we are, and to fight for justice for all of those parts, and for all of your parts, too.
Our two movements have long shared similar values, activists, policy goals – and common enemies. Queering Reproductive Justice was created with all of this in mind. On one hand, it describes how we do our work – inclusive of all genders and sexualities. Queering RJ also includes specific programming that makes these connections more explicit. Be on the lookout for op-eds, actions, webinar conversations, and partner spotlights that highlight the intersection of LGBTQ and reproductive health and rights issues.