Every Body (2023)
Every Body (2023), documents the personal stories of three intersex individuals who have had to navigate childhoods marked by shame, secrecy, and nonconsensual surgeries to become fulfilling adults and advocates. The film, directed by Julie Cohen, who also produced RBG (2018), has been met with positive admiration from the queer, trans, and intersex community.
Inverse Cowgirl, by Alicia Roth Weigel
Inverse Cowgirl tells the story of growing up intersex and fighting for the rights of intersex people. Writer and activist, Alicia Roth Weigel will be signing copies of her new memoir for those attending the event.
Intersex advocacy matters
Being born intersex is as common as being born with red hair! If you know a redhead, you likely also know someone who is intersex. However, intersex folks are often forced to hide their identity because of society’s binary sex and gender ideologies.
Our fight for bodily autonomy, safety, visibility, and liberation is dependent on our continued solidarity and collaboration within the queer, trans, and intersex community. Gender-affirming care is life-saving and very rarely involves surgery for those under 18. However, surgeries do happen on intersex infants who haven’t asked for them, and oftentimes leave lasting physical and emotional implications. The same bills that are seeking to restrict access to gender affirming healthcare for adolescents under the guise of “protecting children” have exceptions to allow genital surgeries to continue to happen on intersex infants. Erika Lorshbough, executive director of interACT, describes “when lawmakers propose and pass explicit exceptions for surgeons to operate on intersex bodies before the patients themselves can consent, it makes it clear that these bills are about erasing bodily diversity, not protecting anyone.”
We’ve seen our community show up this year in big ways! We know you’re committed to health equity, equal rights, and queer, trans, and intersex liberation. So please continue to show up with us for our intersex community, who oftentimes are left out of the conversation. Join us in uplifting the voices of intersex activists and learning how we can continue the fight together.