For many of us, our self-understandings around sexual orientation and gender identity are shaped and influenced by our interconnected understandings of and lived experiences of other primary and secondary identity factors, such as race, faith tradition, socio-economic status, education level, age, ability or disability, genderedness, nation of origin or citizenship, among others.  Understanding the ways that identities come together to create confluence and dissonance, and obstacles and support for individuals is perhaps more valuable and critical to discussions and understandings of sexual and gender identity as self-understandings of those constructs in isolation.  And it underscores the risks and pitfalls that abound when assumptions or generalizations are made about the experience or identity of one individual compared with that of another.  Unpacking identity at the intersections helps us all to grow and develop and become more fully human, but it demands that we are gentle, considerate and careful with one another, and show respect and kindness.