An Episode from the Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause

A red wave goes across the body of a woman. There are green vines wrapper around her waist. Illustration by Valentina Talijan

Monique George (or Mo), the Program Officer for the NYC Equity Initiative at Open Society Foundations, shares her story of coming out, aging while queer, and what it’s like to be a Black Butch-identified woman going through menopause.

Black women are negotiating the different stages of menopause along with their ever evolving identifies, relationships, careers, responsibilities and societal tropes. This is a curated intergenerational exchange, a space for exploration, mentorship, intimacy and vulnerability around life, identity and change. It’s the excavation of the things that you need to know, but were never told. It’s the guide we wish we all had access to no matter our age.”