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Narratives, personal essays, and other works by intersex people.

  • A photo of Lavelle Wollam, an intersex woman affected by the transgender military ban. She is in a split photo with tape, and on the other side of the photo is the U.S. Navy logo.

Transgender Military Ban Or Not, Intersex People Like Me Still Can’t Serve

February 1st, 2021|

Military service is a pathway to opportunities for many. Policies discriminating against transgender people always hit intersex people too, but we rarely make it into these conversations. President Biden's order removing the transgender military ban still doesn't fix denials for intersex people like me. This is my story. By Lavelle Wollam     As of

  • Headshots of 9 doctors doing work for intersex people. The 9 are arranged on a grid with an intersex flag in the corner.

9 Doctors Changing the Face of Healthcare for Intersex People

October 25th, 2020|

We’re grateful for the MDs working every day for intersex bodily autonomy. Here’s 9 who give us hope. By Hans Lindahl     Too many members of intersex communities are survivors of medical harm. Many endure the effects of infant genital surgeries that changed their lives before they were old enough to speak. Some intersex

  • Boston Children's Hospital, the latest to change its policies on intersex surgery. Photo shows the outside of a hospital with cars lining up outside.

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Change on Intersex Surgeries Was Years in the Making

October 23rd, 2020|

Decades of community activism led to the formation of a law and policy organization, which led to meetings with hospitals across the country, which led to passing a resolution with medical students and physician allies, which led to the policy change you see today. Let us show you a peek behind the curtain. By Kimberly

  • Illustration on themes of coming out as intersex, having boundaries in advocacy. Image shows a person, numbly smiling and staring off into the distance, surrounded by hands making thumbs up gestures. The background is intersex flag colors.

Coming Out as Intersex: What I Wish I Had Known

October 18th, 2020|

How do you set boundaries when it can feel like changing the world requires laying yourself bare? When coming out as intersex and going public in the media with my own story as a teen, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Fellow intersex advocates share the tips and boundaries they wish they’d had. By

  • Is MRKH intersex? Illustration shows a person with medium-length hair in a baggy sweater reaching for floating puzzle pieces in the nearby air. The person also has puzzle piece shapes cut out from their body.

Is MRKH Intersex? Ask a Different Question Instead

October 4th, 2020|

Are people with MRKH—with mostly typical sex anatomy but born without a uterus and/or parts of the vagina—considered intersex? To get anywhere, we need to be asking completely different questions. By Maddie Rose     As a teen newly navigating dating and sexuality, I received news that turned my world upside-down: a diagnosis of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser

  • Illustration on intersex and eating disorders - a person huddles in a bubble underwater with eyes closed, arms hugging themselves. Seaweed grabs and encloses the bubble.

When Will My Body Be Mine? On Intersex Surgery and Eating Disorders

September 30th, 2020|

Infant genital surgery made me feel like my body wasn’t mine. An eating disorder felt like a way to reclaim control. Here’s how I found my way out. By Marissa Adams   Be aware: this personal essay covers infant genital surgery, medical trauma, and inpatient programs for anorexia.   People with eating disorders learn to

  • Illustration on surgery and congenital adrenal hyperplasia - a scalpel cuts along a dotted line, between one shape on the left that is a tangled pile of string, and another shape on the right that is an untangled string.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Surgery: A Mom and Nurse Busts 5 Myths

July 8th, 2020|

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is one of the most common medical terms associated with intersex genital differences. A mom and nurse sits down with an intersex advocate to uncover common misconceptions around genital surgery. By Hans Lindahl and Stephani Lohman   ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH! "Una mamá y enfermera desmiente 5 mitos sobre la cirugía genital