Monday, October 26, 2015

New Everyone Is Gay Post: What's Intersex Awareness Day, and How Do I Celebrate?

Check it out, lovely intersex allies!

<3, C

It's Intersex Awareness Day! Here's What You Can Do to Celebrate/Raise Awareness!

Tell someone it's IAD today!

Share an intersex-related article, brochure, or video on social media (Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, blogs, etc.)

Check out if there's any events near you on the Intersex Day hub & attend!

Participate in the IAD twitterstorm tonight (check @Pidgejen on twitter to find out when your time zone's particpating! Aaaaaaaaand, support the twitterstorm even further by letting Thunderclap post several automatic messages raising awareness about the twitterstorm via your Twitter, tumblr, and/or Facebook account. Signal booooooost, do it!

Thanks so much for celebrating & raising awareness with us!

<3, C

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Intersex People Must be Consulted on Intersex Research

Morgan Carpenter, of OII-Australia published a piece in the Star Observer Australia, stating that intersex people are often not consulted by researchers studying intersex, and that consultation is necessary.  

Carpenter argues that without input from intersex people, the result of such studies are too-often conclusions that reinforce the long-standing view that intersex people do not have bodies that represent natural variation in how human bodies look and function - and which is simply most often ignored, in favor of the male-female sex binary - but instead, as having medical conditions that need to be "fixed" or serve as evidence to otherwise discriminate against intersex people (e.g., intersex women with high testosterone levels excluded from competing in Olympic sport).  

He also makes the important point that while many Australian orgs have added the "I" to the the LGBTI acronym, little work is actually being done on intersex issues by these orgs.  In the US, I have noted that few orgs have added the "I" at all in recent years, despite intersex issues gaining higher profile - and even despite working directly with intersex people on intersex work.  Orgs, please add the "I" and include work on intersex issues -in collaboration with intersex people - if you are serious about intersex human rights.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Looking for An Intersex Awareness Event Near You? Check Out "Intersex Day" Online Hub!

Find out if there's any Intersex Awareness Day (Oct 26th) or Intersex Day of Solidarity (Nov 8th) near you by using the "Intersex Day" online hub, created by intersex activist, Morgan Carpenter!

Thanks for this great resource, Morgan!

IAD 2015 Twitterstorm: Tell Your #IntersexStories on Oct 26th!

Hello, everyone! Intersex Awareness Day (IAD) is nearly here, on Oct 26th. If there aren't any IAD events taking place near you, you can still raise awareness about intersex people and the human rights we're so in need of and deserve by participating in the #IntersexStories Twitterstorm on Oct 26th!

Check out the event and share images to promote & participate in the #IntersexStories Twitterstorm, organized by intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis here! Find out when your city/time zone is tweeting and join in and/or re-tweet!

Looking forward to this! <3

NYC 6th Annual Intersex Awareness Day Event: "InterSEX," at Please NYC, on Oct 25th at 6:30pm

There's a ton of variation in what human bodies look like, and they rarely come in two flavors. Perhaps you've met a fantastic person who happens to be intersex, and you're smitten! Or maybe you're interested in learning more about how the "I" fits into that whole LGBTQIAGNC acronym.

Either way, you've got some questions: What does it mean to be intersex? What does intersex have to do with bodies, and what are intersex activists fighting for? How can you best have a healthy, consensual relationship with your intersex partner?

Join me at Please to talk intersex 101, body positivity for ALL bodies, consent, and how to be a good intersex ally at Please, in Park Slope on Oct 25th at 6:30pm. With Q&A to follow - see you there!

Monday, September 28, 2015

First Person PBS Episode, "Growing Up Intersex" Released Today!

Hi, everyone! I’m honored to have been interviewed for PBS’s webseries, “First Person,” which explores all aspects of LGBTQIA identity and activism. In the newest ep released today, "Growing Up Intersex," I talk about being an intersex person, being medicalized as a kid, how I became involved in intersex activism, and how adding the "I" in LGBTQIA is really important.

Check out "Growing Up Intersex" here!