Inter/Act

A place for young people with intersex conditions or DSDs to come together, express themselves, and unite their individual stories to develop a voice for a new generation. We don’t always agree with each other, and we don’t expect you will, either.

email: inter.act@aiclegal.org

Inter/Act was founded with a grant from the Ms. Foundation, and receives ongoing support from Liberty Hill

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Hi Tumblr! Exciting news: Inter/Act Youth has a brand new tumblr! We will no longer be posting here, everything will be out of this new blog. We are so sorry for the inconvenience, but just know that some exciting changes are happening on our intersex/DSD horizons. We can’t tell you what’s happening just yet, spolier alerts and whatnot, but please stay tuned over the next month as Inter/Act is involved in some very incredible things for intersex awareness! Seriously. Exciting things. We are changing the world over here and we want you to be involved. Please reblog this post so everyone knows to follow our new Inter/Act tumblr! You can also find us on twitter, if that’s what you’re into. - xoxxyxo, Inter/Act Youth

Hi Tumblr! Exciting news: Inter/Act Youth has a brand new tumblr! We will no longer be posting here, everything will be out of this new blog. We are so sorry for the inconvenience, but just know that some exciting changes are happening on our intersex/DSD horizons. We can’t tell you what’s happening just yet, spolier alerts and whatnot, but please stay tuned over the next month as Inter/Act is involved in some very incredible things for intersex awareness! Seriously. Exciting things. We are changing the world over here and we want you to be involved. Please reblog this post so everyone knows to follow our new Inter/Act tumblr! You can also find us on twitter, if that’s what you’re into. - xoxxyxo, Inter/Act Youth

Happy Birthday Anne!!

Anne Tamar-Mattis— my boss at AIC — has a birthday coming up, and in her honor we’re trying to raise $1,000 dollars for Advocates for Informed Choice (Inter/Act’s parent organization)!

Anne has been part of my intersex journey since day 1. Well, day 3 probably. ;)  When I found out about my intersex diagnosis around 8 years ago, someone mentioned to me that there was a lawyer in California who started an organization called AIC that fought for intersex people’s rights. I called Anne and was all like “CAN WE SUE THESE JERKS?!” Unfortunately, I couldn’t.

Years later, I became a member of a group called Inter/Act. Inter/Act was an AIC youth project started by Anne and former youth coordinator Jim Ambrose. The first-of-its-kind group combined youth voices and intersex activism—hence the name. It provided a platform for my voice, which as a young intersex person, I wasn’t able to find anywhere else.

Years later, I graduated from being an Inter/Act member, to an intern, to a full-time staff member of AIC in which I coordinate Inter/Act and also head up operations & communications. All along the way, Anne has been INSTRUMENTAL in my growth and understanding of myself as an intersex person and advocate/activist. She has provided a necessary space where I was encouraged to envision the big picture and figure out how I (and our organizations) can help mold the future we are hoping to create for intersex children and families.

http://causes.com/campaigns/79591-honor-annes-45th-birthday-wish

xoxy,

Pidgeon

Inter/Act Youth Coordinator

Anne Tamar-Mattis (AIC) left with AIC board member, healer, and intersex activist Mani Bruce Mitchell

Deeper

Inter/Act member Abby wrote a poem and reflect on how haveing Swyer Syndrome makes her feel—the good and the bad. Thank you for sharing your poignant words with us, Abby.

Deeper.

Because of my condition,

I’ve felt pain.

Serious pain.

Aching pain.

Isolating pain.

Pain that is confusing, and heavy, and lurking.

Pain. Like. Never. Before.

{{But the pain isn’t pointless.}}

—-

Because of my condition,

I am silver refined.

A rainbow in the rain.

So bring on the pain.

The hurt will heal.

 And the disaster will dissolve.

I count this burden as a blessing,

For from the pain, I have grown

 Deeper.

Sometimes, I think life isn’t fair. I give into self-pity and anger and sorrow. I cry “why me?” But then I stop. And I begin to count my blessings. It’s not that those feelings aren’t justified… they are. I deserve to be sad or mad or confused or lost or jealous or WHATEVER! But I stop and count my blessings because from this pain I have grown Deeper. I cannot begin to explain how much more love I give, beauty I see, days I dance, and things I understand because of my uniqueness. Sometimes I think people are ignorant—and many times, that’s sadly true—but then I realize that I maybe I just have a deeper knowledge.  When people say ignorant things about gender or sexuality, I think “maybe I’ll pity them” or “maybe I’ll educate them,” but in reality I just smirk. I smirk because I know that they cannot truly understand until they’ve cried at a diaper commercial, or felt awkward in a science class, made up stories about their period, laughed with a hundred beautiful supporters, or grown deeper from the pain.

Top 5 things about having Swyer Syndrome

1. You save money on birth control. 

2. You have options considering motherhood; whether or not to adopt, use IVF, or be an amazing Auntie. 

3. No period until 21 (for me at least). 

4. You can wear white pants all year round.

5. Close friends celebrate your latent menstruation with a PERIOD PARTY! 

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-This list was comprised by Inter/Act member, Ali and is part of our new and ongoing Top 5 List blog project by Inter/Act. 

Find out what had everyone laughing on HuffPost Live’s Intersex and Parenting segment today 

We’re live right now!!

Join us today!! Inter/Act will be a part of this live discussion :)

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/raising-an-intersex-child/53456b7378c90a2ff90001bb

An article about intersex and dating featuring Inter/Act’s Youth Leadership Coordinator— Pidgeon Pagonis and former Inter/Act Coordinator, Jim Ambrose. Our friend Bo Laurent is also featured in this great piece by Kat Kinsmann over at CNN… 

Last night I was googling the original clip of Alicia Menendez calling out Fox News on their bogus behavior towards intersex and trans folks after Facebook announced it’s new gender options. I then stumbled across this newer clip (which gives a shoutout to Inter/Act!) and laments Fox for their late apology. thanks Alicia and Fusion TV!

Clip —> http://fus.in/1eo9ks5

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