Secretary | Axel Keating (they/them)
New York, NY
Axel Keating is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Stage Researcher in the Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA) innovative training network and a PhD student at the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. They are researching the education on intersex traits and variations of sex characteristics, the experiences of intersex students and students with variations of sex characteristics, and the knowledge and perception of intersex traits and variations of sex characteristics by those in Irish and Swedish schools.
They are a board member of interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, an organising committee member for the 5th International Intersex Forum, and a volunteer at ShoutOut.
Axel has developed and facilitated workshops on sex characteristics, gender, and sexuality at conferences and academic institutions for over a decade. They have also provided consultations on national and international reports, research studies, curriculum development, youth program strategies, comprehensive sexual health education programs, and sensitivity readings for individuals, schools, colleges and universities, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and more.
Axel has a Master’s degree from the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy. Their capstone project was on the experiences of transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive students in the United States with a focus on New York State. Their Bachelor’s degree is from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in the history and philosophy of medicine and a minor in American Sign Language. Their senior colloquium focused on the history of intersex people from antiquity to today, and their senior thesis discussed the rise of medicalization and change in discourse around intersex bodies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Intersex youth are the future. Through interACT, we can see the power of youth organizing and experiences. I’m proud to be working with interACT to fight for the legal and human rights of intersex young people.