Quick Hit: Vanderbilt Divinity School appoints black lesbian woman as dean

Despite some religious bigots that insist on invalidating the lives of LGBTQ folks; and others who do not think women should have leadership roles, queer women of color are righteously taking up space! Vanderbilt Divinity School appointed Emilie Townes as their newest dean.

Not only is she holding it down for queer people of color but she is also being described as a “pioneering scholar in the field of womanist theology.” This is super important work that acknowledges that religious doctrine is applicable for people living at different intersections.

PS – I swooned when she told her partner: “In many ways I am because we are.” How dreamy. Check it out below.

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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