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Blog posts written by, or about, our intersex youth. Many are members of our Youth program.

  • 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 restrict

  • Five intersex people with congenital adrenal hyperplasia: Allie, Jubi, Mari, Bria, and Sophia

5 Intersex People on Growing Up with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

June 12th, 2020|

June is CAH Awareness Month. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is the medical term given to one of the most common intersex conditions. We talked to five young people about their experiences with CAH, adrenal crisis, and growing up with intersex bodies. By Bria Brown-King   This essay is also available in Spanish, thanks to the translation

Intersex Resources in the Time of COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020|

Created With the Community in Mind We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in one way or another. It is important to remind ourselves that there is no one right way to cope with our current reality. It’s okay to grieve. For some, physical distancing might mean having more time to connect with loved

  • Purple graphic with images of Bria in the background

Bria Recaps Their interACT Internship

February 4th, 2020|

  In seven months I went from sweating profusely during classroom presentations to talking about my experience as an intersex person in front of more than 300 healthcare professionals at the Trans Health Conference in Boston. This internship has helped me find my confidence and my voice as an intersex advocate. I used to be

  • interACT Youth Member Banti stands in front of a PowerPoint presentation on intersex issues, given at a GLSEN conference in Massachusetts.

Intersex Youth Give Fall Educational Presentations

November 26th, 2018|

interACT Youth is an international program that seeks to develop the advocacy and leadership skills of young intersex people to raise awareness and reduce stigma around being intersex. Our growing youth program is currently home to 60 members, and we host a community support space as well. interACT Youth’s advocacy centers the belief that intersex