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Tool for reflection: Realities of internalized oppression

The purpose of this piece is to provide background information for “My Girlfriend Did It.” Although some of the ideas border on generalization, Casa de Esperanza feels that it is critical to understand and grapple with this information. Our society assumes that girls will grow up to fall in love with boys and vice versa. This assumption leads to internal and external struggles—sometimes lifelong— for members of LGBTQ communities. The purpose of this piece is to present some of the additional pressures placed upon lesbians of color and to recognize the internalized oppression that is the reality for all members of LGBTQ communities.

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