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Lesbians of color are most the often overlooked they are shadowed by heterosexuals males and whites Although lesbians of color have always been present in daily life and the feminist and equality movements it was not until the late 1970s that lesbians of color began to organize writing biographies and compiling their own histories Mandy Carter is a well-known African-American lesbian activist Shes the field director for the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum and formerly the public policy advocate for the Human Rights Campaign Fund Carter is also a member of the executive committee of Stonewall 25 and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bayard Rustin Alliance Carter is incredibly active in so many areas of various communities from GLBT issues to African-American issues Democratic all the way to the Anti-War communities Im astounded by everything this woman has done and her tireless campaigning to get all of these issues addressed Shes had to overcome many barriers to get to where she is now from her race her sexuality her agewhen she was growing up being a lesbian wasnt accepted as even possible to growing up as a foster child in New York and North Carolina It seems as if everything that could possibly be stacked against her was and is And yet amidst everything she maintains her push for the empowerment of women the empowerment of African-Americans and the empowerment of gays and lesbians Her views are not strictly feminist though there is a certain feminist touch and this is what makes me respect her She does not leave all of her other selves by the wayside Mandy Carter is insistent that a person is not pulled apart by all of the little groups they fit into but is instead made whole by being able to be a part of so many communities Carter brings all of these communities together in a way which so many
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