Danielle Pagano
Editorial Intern

I’m a queer white ally, and a recent grad from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where I majored in International Relations and minored in Asian Studies. I spent the past six months living in Cairo, Egypt, where I interned as a legal aid for refugees from Sudan, Somalia, and Iraq. Working with African and Middle Eastern refugees gave me unique insight into how gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity can often come together to shape a person’s circumstances. I found it inspiring to walk around Tahrir Square and see everyday Egyptian women leading protests and shaping their futures, and that of their country.

I’ve always been passionate about amplifying the voices of people who don’t always get the mic in mainstream culture and news.

I’m really excited to intern for QWOC, because I’ve always been passionate about amplifying the voices of people who don’t always get the mic in mainstream culture and news. I worked as a writing tutor at my university for several years, and I spent a lot of time teaching students how to turn their great ideas into expressive pieces of writing; I like to help people make their experiences and emotions come to life. I’m very excited to learn more about frequently overlooked social justice issues, such as LGBTQ rights in Africa, in addition to the cheerful and lighthearted moments of QWOC’s everyday lives in the US.

Interests: LGBT Rights around the World, Homeless Youth, Movement-Building
Location: New York

Contact: DANIELLE (at) qwoc (dot) org.

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