Multiplicity: The quality of having multiple, simultaneous social identities; e.g., being male and Buddhist and working class.

This definition is from a list of definitions compiled by some folks at Oregon State University and is a great resource to have on hand (and was one of the resources I used to complete the list of topics for this project).

On the surface, multiplicity overlaps with intersectionality, but multiplicity refers more to an individual’s “membership” in multiple social identities.

For me:
I’m white,
I’m cis-gendered,
I’m a woman,
I’m queer (specifically bi/pansexual),
I’m Wiccan (which falls under the Pagan umbrella),
I’m Christian (although, not of a particular denomination),
I’m a pastor/priest,
I’m a biochemist,
I’m a geek/nerd,
I’m a Democrat (although more of an Yankee Democrat),
I’m polyamorous (well, at least nominally)

All of these are part of my identity, but no single one of them completely defines me. There are some, like being queer and being Wiccan Christian, that are more prominent than the others because they are part of my daily work and daily life.

These are the identities that are true for me, and as I mentioned in previous posts, this does not mean that these identities are true for other people, nor does it give me a pass to police other people’s identities. Also, having multiple marginalized social identities doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have privilege elsewhere.