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Audre Lorde and why she is so important - Chocolate and Steel

Audre Lorde and why she is so important

Audre Lorde was a Black writer, poet, and activist who identified as a lesbian. She played a significant role in advancing the rights and visibility of LGBTQ people in the United States and around the world during the 60’s through her death in 1992.

She became a key figure in the movement for queer rights and visibility. Her influence on contemporary social justice movements continues to this day, as her writing and ideas have been widely disseminated and have inspired many activists around the world.

Lorde's work was groundbreaking for its time, as she explored the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class in her writing. She wrote about the experiences of queer people of color, and her work highlighted the need for solidarity and coalition-building between marginalized communities.

One of Lorde's most famous essays, "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism," challenged the ways in which white feminists and other progressive activists were ignoring the experiences and perspectives of women of color, including queer women of color. Her work pushed for a more inclusive and intersectional approach to activism, one that recognized the unique challenges facing LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities.

We celebrate and honor Audre Lorde with this necklace featuring her powerful quote "If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive."

From "The Black Unicorn" published in 1978, this quote is about self-determination and the importance of defining oneself on one's own terms.

20% of the purchase of this necklace is donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. Let’s make this a reality!