Inter/Act allows young people with intersex conditions or DSD to overcome isolation and secrecy, come together, express themselves, and unite their individual stories to develop a voice for a new generation. It is time that their stories are heard.
And they are being heard! Since its inception in late 2010, Inter/Act’s growing membership, ages 14-25 from across three continents, have made huge accomplishments. They collaborated on creating Inter/Act’s Blog which gets over 2,500 hits per month. Youth members composed AIC’s Summer 2012 Newsletter read by over 1,000 people. The brochures they authored, What We Wish Our Doctors Knew and What We Wish Our Parents Knew been distributed to over 2,000 people. Inter/Act members also created the trailblazing Second Wave video series in which they gathered the stories of intersex elders and movement leaders.
Young people have also been taking the lead themselves. On March 15th, 2013, AIC’s Youth Leadership Coordinator Pidgeon Pagonis gave expert testimony at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the first young intersex person to do so!
2014 was a year of firsts for Inter/Act! We witnessed the first Inter/Act youth member joining AIC’s board—setting new precedent for youth leadership in our organization. In February, Inter/Act recognized Fox New’s blunder when discussing intersex as a teachable moment and wrote an open letter to the network. The host eventually apologized on-air after media outlets overwhelmingly supported the open letter. This success garnered from this success fueled the groups energy moving forward to the summer. In July, Inter/Act participated in the first ever intersex youth retreat in California. Members participated in building deeper relationships with one another, receiving in media advocacy training and planning next steps as a youth organizations. The retreat concluded with the youth participating in AIS-DSD Support Group CME Conference where they facilitated a best practices workshop to a room full of clinicians.
On August 8, 2014 Inter/Act member Emily B. teamed up with Pidgeon to co-facilitate a workshop to Lurie Children’s Gender & Sex Development team about improving care for teens coming in to their clinic.
Finally, this summer Inter/Act youth have been consulting with MTV’s hit teen dramedy “Faking it“. AIC recognized Faking It’s goal of “conveying positive messages for LGBT[QI] youth audience as an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness about intersex; linking the show with Inter/Act was the logical next step. Member Emily Quinn quotes, “thanks to MTV for giving intersex youth a main character like Lauren who is dealing with issues they can relate to.” AIC is proud to work with Showrunner Carter Covington and MTV and anticipates this groundbreaking storyline will raise awarness to the public on intersex
Thanks to a generous grant from the Liberty Hill Foundation, Inter/Act is continuing to grow providing intersex youth an opportunity to break the barriers of shame and isolation, project intersex youth voices into the national and international discussion of treatment of intersex children and to inject meaningful intersex advocacy into the vocabulary of young queer activists.
Find out how you can support Inter/Act’s historic work to make this exciting vision a reality here.