intersex and out

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, omnisexual, fluid, polysexual, questioning, or anywhere in between, you are all valid.

Stay safe and stay awesome!

Pride Month: *is on tumblr*

Me: *hearts everything even remotely close to gay*

usatoday.com
Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex
Odiele is speaking out to raise awareness of harmful and unneeded surgeries intersex kids often endure without their consent.

Internationally-recognized fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has just become one of the most famous intersex public figures. 

Odiele, 29, came out as intersex in an interview with USA Today. She will be partnering with the advocacy group interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth to raise awareness about the humans rights violations, such as nonconsensual genital surgeries, that intersex babies and children often undergo. 

Odiele was one of those children. She was born with an intersex trait known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) in which a woman has XY chromosomes more typically found in men. She also had internal, undescended testes, and her parents were told that if she did not have her testicles removed, “I might develop cancer and I would not develop as a normal, female girl,” she says.

At 10, she had surgery to remove her testes, an experience she could barely process at the time. “I knew at one point after the surgery I could not have kids, I was not having my period. I knew something was wrong with me.”

At 18, Odiele — whose modeling career took root when she was discovered a year earlier at a music festival in Belgium — underwent an equally distressing procedure in the form of vaginal reconstructive surgery.

“It’s not that big of a deal being intersex,” she says. But the anguish of the two surgeries is an issue for her that is still troubling today. “If they were just honest from the beginning… It became a trauma because of what they did.”

Wow. This is a gripping story – one that so many people share – and she has an incredible platform to tell it. Congratulations on sharing this with the world, Hanne, and thank you for paying it forward. 

I'm Intersex & bi

… and starting to be proud. 

*deep breath* I’m quite nervous about this, but here it goes.

I decided to officially come out as two things that I’ve actually been ashamed of for the longest of time. I’m doing this because I’m finally getting to that point where I can’t just cope with it or accept it, but I’m actually starting to take pride in being who I am (let’s hope it stays that way!). I also hope that this might reach and maybe in a small way help someone like me who isn’t quite there yet.

First of all: I’m intersex. Intersex is a broad term that implies a person is born physically diverting from the gender binary (it is often confused with transgender, since both often struggle with gender-identity). I’m also however, cisgender. Which -yes-, is possible. I’ve always identified as female and was identified as such at birth. My chromosomes however are XY… I’ll try to explain:

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i know i say this all the time, but this is actually the worst thing i’ve ever seen

Ouch.

Since I almost never add O for outing in tags, I forgot that this was coming up. When I opened up my files I physically cringed to realize that this was the next topic.

People get outed more often than they should. Recently, a Survivor competitor was outed as trans on national television. I have friends who were outed, sometimes to other friends, sometimes to family members. Luckily, they weren’t physically harmed from it. Hopefully the Survivor competitor won’t be harmed from it either. The reality of it though is that outing can kill people. Other times, people can lose their jobs or their families from being outed. 

Some people are in the closet because they’re not personally comfortable with being out yet. Others are in the closet because it is not safe to them to be out. For the sake of this group, and out of respect for the former, no one should out anyone.

 It is not okay in any way, shape or form. 

It’s bad. It’s very bad. 

Just don’t fucking do it.

There should be an honor code, at least within the LGBTQ community, to not out their fellow queers. I might just pen something for it.

Let’s help each live, closet or no.

In Pride, 

~Camille Ora-Nicole

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Title: The Out List
Year:
2013
Language: USA (English)

Plot: A collection of experiences and commentary on the subject of gender and sexuality in modern society. Familiar faces like Wanda Sykes, Janet Mock, Ellen Degeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon and other LGBT+ community leaders share their first hand views on life.

Basic Review:

  • A great piece of modern LGBT+ representation in the media. 
  • This film is a set of heart warming monologues and stories of diverse life experiences.
  • Discussions about our trans, drag, lesbian, gay, queer history which weaves colourful patchwork of bold discussion. 
  • Its so necessary to hear/share these stories, especially LGBT+ youth as the community connection is what fills us with hope, unites us and inspires us to be strong.

*Requested by: http://waking-heart.tumblr.com/ 

Intergender is for intersex people only

It is not “a gender between male and female” unless the intersex intergender person describes it as such

Intergender can not be separated from intersex experiences. Intergender describes our experiences with dysphoria and how it intersects with intersexism and transphobia/cissexism. Non-intersex people can’t use it. Use androgyne or non-binary something similar. Stop stealing intersex specific words.

P.S. on that same train if I catch any of you (non-intersex) nasties calling yourselves h*rmaphrodites I hope an intersex person smacks the shit out of you

[okay to reblog if you’re not intersex]

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(Image Description: Eight images with gradient backgrounds and positive messages in the center.

Top left: “Genderqueer is resilient”
Top right: “Intersex is amazing”
2nd row left: “Genderqueer is powerful”
2nd row right: “Intersex is magical”
3rd row left: “Genderqueer is wonderful”
3rd row right: “Intersex is beautiful”
Bottom left: “Genderqueer is revolutionary”
Bottom right: “Intersex is inspiring”

In the bottom right corner of each is the logo for the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project.)

If you have a facebook page, you should follow the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project!

From their page: “The Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP) is the first and only legal organization in the United States dedicated to the rights of non-binary gender adults to self-identify on legal documents.”

IGRP posts about genderqueer and intersex rights, the legal fight for nonbinary gender markers on identification, and plenty of neat images like the ones above. Check them out!

I’m so proud to see an intersex athlete win gold today. 

Sports have always discriminated against us for how we were born, and the olympics have been the worst of all. They’ve always done invasive medical exams, demanded intersex athletes undergo surgery or hormones to be eligible, and even stripped medals from people who were found to be intersex after they won.

To see Caster Semenya compete as an openly intersex woman means the world to all of us who have been discriminated against because our natural bodies aren’t strictly male or female. No matter what awful things people may say about her or about intersex people as a whole, this is a genuine victory and I won’t let detractors stop me from celebrating along with her.