Gloria E. Anzaldua 1942-2004

As I have on one other occasion, I’d like to try to establish and continue a trend of shining a spotlight on people who have been part of the foundation of the LGBT community. The first was Alan Turing. Today, it’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Briefly, this is what Wikipedia says about her life.

[She] was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work. She also developed theories about the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along borders.


In the same way that Anzaldúa often wrote that she felt that she could not be classified as only part of one race or the other, she felt that she possessed a multi-sexuality. When growing up, Anzaldúa expressed that she felt an “intense sexuality” towards her own father, animals, and even trees. She was attracted to and later had relationships with both men and women, although she identified herself as a lesbian in most of her writing. Anzaldúa wrote extensively about her queer identity and the marginalization of queer people, particularly in communities of color.

Further reading on her life can be found on the following links:

Gloria E Anzaldúa: Five facts about the cultural scholar you need to know
American National Biography Online
The Gloria E. Anzaldua Foundation

Goodreads reviews of her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza