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 400 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! 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. The group is also working on some top secret projects that will be announced in September 2014.
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.
In 2014, Inter/Act brought together 11 young people to the world’s first conference ever for youth with intersex and DSD conditions. Find out how you can support Inter/Act’s historic work to make this exciting vision a reality here.