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The good news! Stories of intersex people feeling whole and connected.

  • Intersex Justice Project co-founders Saifa and Pidgeon smile while holding protest signs in a Chicago train, on their way to lead a protest to make Lurie Children's Hospital end intersex surgery.

Intersex Justice Project’s #EndIntersexSurgery Campaign Receives Unprecedented Promise of Action from a U.S. Hospital

July 29th, 2020|

Intersex Justice Project co-founders Sean Saifa Wall and Pidgeon Pagonis. (Photo: Sara Jane Rhee, Love & Struggle Photo)   Intersex Justice Project's three-year #EndIntersexSurgery campaign earned a historic victory today for intersex bodily autonomy, building on over 30 years of work by intersex advocates.  Pressured by intersex people and several of its own

  • 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

  • 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 staff and allies at the Sacramento capitol building after a victorious hearing for SCR-110.

VICTORY: California is the First in the U.S. to Pass Legislation on Intersex Rights

August 28th, 2018|

HISTORY: MADE! Today, interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Equality California, and California State Senator Scott Wiener celebrate the passing of the first legislation in U.S. history to name the harms of non-consensual medical interventions on intersex people. Earlier today the state of California passed SCR-110, a resolution calling on the medical profession to heed international human rights guidelines and

  • Anick and fellow intersex activist and interACT Youth member Irene waving an intersex flag at the Oii Europe 2018 Community Event in Copenhagen.

Meeting Other Intersex People for the First Time

February 15th, 2018|

Anick and fellow intersex activist and interACT Youth member Irene at the Oii Europe 2018 Community Event in Copenhagen. by Anick I want you to imagine you are isolated, that you’ve got a secret you feel like you should hide because you fear no one could possibly understand you, or that they’d laugh

  • Glamour Photo of Jackie Green for Intersex Advocacy

Accepting Myself as an Intersex Woman

March 22nd, 2017|

My name is Jackie Green and for as long as I can remember my biggest fear in life was that someone would find out that I had XY chromosomes - a fact about me that you can’t see, feel, or sense in any way.  Yet I still found myself afraid of what others would think

An Intersex Study Session…in Budapest?

May 17th, 2016|

By: Emily Quinn, interACT Youth Coordinator For the first time in history, a group of youth activists recently came together to study one of my favorite topics: intersex rights. From April 18-22, a group of LGBTQI activists from around the world gathered in Budapest for the “‘I’ Have Rights” Intersex Study Session hosted by IGLYO

What Intersex Awareness Day Means to Me: Emily

October 22nd, 2015|

Hope. Change. Acceptance. Celebration. To me, those are the words I think of as I’m getting ready for Intersex Awareness Day.   Intersex people spend much of our lives in a negative loop. Sometime it’s a loop told to us by doctors. Sometimes it’s friends. Or family. Or school. Or society as a whole. Sometimes,

What Intersex Awareness Day Means to Me – Rebecca

October 20th, 2015|

I was nine years old when I asked my mother to verify that I would never have a period -- just like Aunt Kacki.  I pointed out passages of "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret," and asked repeatedly if that would happen to me.  We had never spoken about Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, the term

Support and Advocacy – Reflections on the AIS-DSD SG Conference

August 13th, 2015|

Last week in Cincinnati, Ohio I attended my seventh Androgen Insensitivity – Differences of Sex Development Support Group (AIS-DSD SG) conference and am still basking in the “orchid love.” There is nothing quite like it.  About eight years ago I discovered the support group and attended my first conference in Dallas. Mind blown . Not