noun \ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-
1 a: sameness of essential or generic character in different instances
1 b: sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : oneness
2 a: the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : individuality
2 b: the relation established by psychological identification
3: the condition of being the same with something described or asserted <establish the identity of stolen goods>
4: an equation that is satisfied for all values of the symbols
We are born with certain characteristics that shape how we view ourselves and the world. These range from the visible to the more internal, but all our traits are wonderful and unique. Sometimes these inherent pieces of our identity are defined narrowly, used to divide, or stated to be phases. At worst, these characteristics we can’t change can get us killed. As an LGBTQ organization, we are big on the orientation piece. But it’s everything, the whole person, that gets to sustainability. When we can personally value our traits of ability, gender, ethnicity, orientation, age, and class… then we can start to shape the rest of the world into valuing those traits as the should have in the first place.