Intersex people are not rare, just invisible.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of shame and secrecy within our communities, perpetuating the invisibility. I’ve had doctors tell me over and over again that I’d never meet anyone else like me. (Thankfully, that was not the case.) So many intersex people like me have been instructed by our doctors, parents, and friends not to tell anyone about our conditions, which makes us feel shameful and unworthy.

I’ve been poked, prodded, and gawked at by so many doctors, it’s enough to make anyone feel like a science experiment. They say how excited they are to meet someone like you, they’ll “never meet another person like this, ever.” But when they say that to you as a kid, all you hear is “you’re a freak.”

Emily Quinn, “I’m Emily Quinn and I’m Intersex

This is an awesome article and you are amazing for sharing your story!

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I can’t believe I came up on my own dashboard. This is crazy! Thank you for sharing! I’m glad everyone is responding so well to my article, and that people are starting to get a small glimpse into what it’s like to be intersex. <3

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interactyouth:

Inter/Act member Milly, with MTV’s Faking It actress, Bailey De Young! Photo from the PaleyFest Event, where it was revealed that Lauren is the first main intersex character in television history!
Inter/Act has been working closely with the cast and crew for the past year on developing the intersex storyline for Bailey’s character, Lauren. Thanks to the show’s executive producer, Carter Covington, for working so closely with us on this! It’s seriously a dream come true for us intersex people.
So much more is coming soon…follow us to see what happens next!

Me and Bailey!! She&#8217;s the sweetest girl in the entire world. You can quote me on that.

interactyouth:

Inter/Act member Milly, with MTV’s Faking It actress, Bailey De Young! Photo from the PaleyFest Event, where it was revealed that Lauren is the first main intersex character in television history!

Inter/Act has been working closely with the cast and crew for the past year on developing the intersex storyline for Bailey’s character, Lauren. Thanks to the show’s executive producer, Carter Covington, for working so closely with us on this! It’s seriously a dream come true for us intersex people.

So much more is coming soon…follow us to see what happens next!

Me and Bailey!! She’s the sweetest girl in the entire world. You can quote me on that.

(via interactyouth)

interactyouth:

Inter/Act has been working with MTV’s Faking It on building a (more) true-to-life intersex character, Lauren (played by Bailey DeYoung). We anticipated a few new people to our page, wondering what exactly intersex is. The following intersex FAQ was compiled by the members of Inter/Act. It is intended to be a living document that we will continue to tweak, change, add-to and subtract from. Please feel free to reference it, re-blog it, and ask us questions (at inter.act@aiclegal.org)
What is intersex?
Intersex is an umbrella term describing people born with one of over 30 variations of sex anatomy resulting in neither purely male or female bodies (internal/and or external). We’re usually taught that sex is merely black and white, “male” or “female,” but that’s simply not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle that could make someone intersex! 
What are some intersex conditions?
There are over many conditions that fall under the intersex umbrella including, but not limited to: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypospadias, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Swyer Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency. Please see the ISNA (Intersex Society of North America) website for more information on specific conditions.
How common are intersex people?
Intersex people are roughly 1 in every 2,000 people. That’s as common as natural born redheads! Well not as common as redheads, but pretty close. We’re not rare, just invisible.
So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before?
The intersex community has a long history of shame and secrecy, for so many reasons. For starters, many doctors have told patients that they’ll never meet anyone like themselves. Sometimes they’ll even tell them not to talk about their conditions to anyone! On top of that, doctors and parents often try to “fix” intersex kid’s bodies with unnecessary surgeries, trying to make them fit into their idea of “normal.” Not to mention each condition is different, so educating the general public is hard when there is so much information to talk about.
It sounds like intersex conditions can be hard to care for!
They can be. Finding a good doctor that you can really connect with is so important for intersex people. Sometimes doctors don’t know the best way to handle each specific person. We all need to be informed about our bodies, our options, and the research that’s been done so we can make the best decisions possible. Making an informed decision is the most important thing an intersex person can do, so please don’t rush into anything. 
How does gender fit into intersex?
Not quite as simply as you might think! Intersex relates to biological sex and a person’s genetic traits, internal and external reproductive organs, hormones, and secondary sex characteristics. Gender is more about the way somebody feels or identifies. This means intersex individuals identify as female, male, man, woman, or a multitude of identities just as non-intersex individuals do. Some examples include genderqueer, agender, third gender, two-spirit, intergender, and the list doesn’t end there.  It’s important to remember that gender is fluid, not stagnant, possibly alternating its course during a person’s journey 
How does intersex differ from transgender?
Intersex is often confused with transgender, but they are actually very different things. Intersex is when your biological sex doesn’t neatly fit into the male/female binary, but transgender is when you feel as if your assigned sex does not match your gender identity. Someone can be both intersex and transgender!
What terms can I use to talk about intersex people?
Intersex and DSD (difference of sex development) are the two current terms that most people use interchangeably. However, they both are controversial for different people.  Some of our youth feel more comfortable with DSD as it might be the only term they are familiar with, while others prefer intersex over DSD. All intersex folks have the right to self define themselves at any particular point in their journey. It’s better for people to come to their own conclusions about how they want to identify, rather than be told or pushed into identifying a certain way. If you don’t know how someone identifies, feel free to ask!
Can I use the word hermaphrodite?
No. Hermaphrodite is a harmful term that is widely considered a slur, please don’t use it. It’s a stigmatizing word that people associate with having both sets of working genetalia, which is rarely possible in humans, if at all. Some intersex folk have started reclaiming the term, but that is for them to decide and use, not for you. 
What are some other terms I should know?
Ambiguous Genitalia - Genitalia that doesn’t look clearly “male” or “female.” However, no genitals look the same, and nobody’s genitalia is “ambiguous.” It’s all just genitals!
Dyadic - Some intersex people have started using dyadic to describe those who are not intersex (meaning, they fit the “male” or “female” binary)
Cisgender- When a person’s gender identity matches their assigned sex. For example, a person assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman is considered cisgender. This term can get confusing with intersex individuals - some use it, some don’t.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)  - This is an important tool in an intersex person’s tool box. HRT ensures that an intersex person’s physical and emotional health needs are properly maintained. If someone’s hormone needs (for things like development, body regulation, or bone growth) aren’t being met, they may go on HRT to figure out the best hormone levels for their bodies.
Informed Consent - This term gets thrown a lot, especially when talking about surgeries of intersex people. Basically, it means that nobody should be operated on without their full knowledge of circumstances, repercussions, reasoning, etc. For example, babies and children are too young to fully understand and give informed consent.
Preferred Pronouns - Many people (intersex or otherwise) don’t identify as a binary gender, especially when their bodies don’t line up in a typical binary box. Ask someone what their preferred gender pronoun is. They’ll love you for it!
What are some other intersex resources?
We have an ever-growing list of resources on our page. Please check there for more information on support groups or legal help.
What can you do as an ally?
Call out others when they say harmful things. Be our advocates where you can, but also give us a chance to educate. Don’t speak over an intersex person, as chances are we’re a lot more familiar with these issues than you are. Listen and try to understand our stories, as we’re pretty incredible people. :)
Ready to take Action?
Sign the Justice for M.C pledge and learn more about this important case involving a young child who was given normalizing surgery while he was in foster care. The M.C. case is just one example of the ways intersex people and their families are hurt by a rush to secrecy and irreversible surgery.

If you&#8217;re still wondering about intersex I made a handy FAQ with the help of Inter/Act for the Faking It Premiere. Let me know if you have any questions!

interactyouth:

Inter/Act has been working with MTV’s Faking It on building a (more) true-to-life intersex character, Lauren (played by Bailey DeYoung). We anticipated a few new people to our page, wondering what exactly intersex is. The following intersex FAQ was compiled by the members of Inter/Act. It is intended to be a living document that we will continue to tweak, change, add-to and subtract from. Please feel free to reference it, re-blog it, and ask us questions (at inter.act@aiclegal.org)

What is intersex?

Intersex is an umbrella term describing people born with one of over 30 variations of sex anatomy resulting in neither purely male or female bodies (internal/and or external). We’re usually taught that sex is merely black and white, “male” or “female,” but that’s simply not true. There are a lot of awesome gray areas in the middle that could make someone intersex!

What are some intersex conditions?

There are over many conditions that fall under the intersex umbrella including, but not limited to: Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypospadias, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), Swyer Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, 5-Alpha Reductase Deficiency. Please see the ISNA (Intersex Society of North America) website for more information on specific conditions.

How common are intersex people?

Intersex people are roughly 1 in every 2,000 people. That’s as common as natural born redheads! Well not as common as redheads, but pretty close. We’re not rare, just invisible.

So how come I’ve never heard of intersex before?

The intersex community has a long history of shame and secrecy, for so many reasons. For starters, many doctors have told patients that they’ll never meet anyone like themselves. Sometimes they’ll even tell them not to talk about their conditions to anyone! On top of that, doctors and parents often try to “fix” intersex kid’s bodies with unnecessary surgeries, trying to make them fit into their idea of “normal.” Not to mention each condition is different, so educating the general public is hard when there is so much information to talk about.

It sounds like intersex conditions can be hard to care for!

They can be. Finding a good doctor that you can really connect with is so important for intersex people. Sometimes doctors don’t know the best way to handle each specific person. We all need to be informed about our bodies, our options, and the research that’s been done so we can make the best decisions possible. Making an informed decision is the most important thing an intersex person can do, so please don’t rush into anything.

How does gender fit into intersex?

Not quite as simply as you might think! Intersex relates to biological sex and a person’s genetic traits, internal and external reproductive organs, hormones, and secondary sex characteristics. Gender is more about the way somebody feels or identifies. This means intersex individuals identify as female, male, man, woman, or a multitude of identities just as non-intersex individuals do. Some examples include genderqueer, agender, third gender, two-spirit, intergender, and the list doesn’t end there.  It’s important to remember that gender is fluid, not stagnant, possibly alternating its course during a person’s journey

How does intersex differ from transgender?

Intersex is often confused with transgender, but they are actually very different things. Intersex is when your biological sex doesn’t neatly fit into the male/female binary, but transgender is when you feel as if your assigned sex does not match your gender identity. Someone can be both intersex and transgender!

What terms can I use to talk about intersex people?

Intersex and DSD (difference of sex development) are the two current terms that most people use interchangeably. However, they both are controversial for different people.  Some of our youth feel more comfortable with DSD as it might be the only term they are familiar with, while others prefer intersex over DSD. All intersex folks have the right to self define themselves at any particular point in their journey. It’s better for people to come to their own conclusions about how they want to identify, rather than be told or pushed into identifying a certain way. If you don’t know how someone identifies, feel free to ask!

Can I use the word hermaphrodite?

No. Hermaphrodite is a harmful term that is widely considered a slur, please don’t use it. It’s a stigmatizing word that people associate with having both sets of working genetalia, which is rarely possible in humans, if at all. Some intersex folk have started reclaiming the term, but that is for them to decide and use, not for you.

What are some other terms I should know?

Ambiguous Genitalia - Genitalia that doesn’t look clearly “male” or “female.” However, no genitals look the same, and nobody’s genitalia is “ambiguous.” It’s all just genitals!

Dyadic - Some intersex people have started using dyadic to describe those who are not intersex (meaning, they fit the “male” or “female” binary)

Cisgender- When a person’s gender identity matches their assigned sex. For example, a person assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman is considered cisgender. This term can get confusing with intersex individuals - some use it, some don’t.

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)  - This is an important tool in an intersex person’s tool box. HRT ensures that an intersex person’s physical and emotional health needs are properly maintained. If someone’s hormone needs (for things like development, body regulation, or bone growth) aren’t being met, they may go on HRT to figure out the best hormone levels for their bodies.

Informed Consent - This term gets thrown a lot, especially when talking about surgeries of intersex people. Basically, it means that nobody should be operated on without their full knowledge of circumstances, repercussions, reasoning, etc. For example, babies and children are too young to fully understand and give informed consent.

Preferred Pronouns - Many people (intersex or otherwise) don’t identify as a binary gender, especially when their bodies don’t line up in a typical binary box. Ask someone what their preferred gender pronoun is. They’ll love you for it!

What are some other intersex resources?

We have an ever-growing list of resources on our page. Please check there for more information on support groups or legal help.

What can you do as an ally?

Call out others when they say harmful things. Be our advocates where you can, but also give us a chance to educate. Don’t speak over an intersex person, as chances are we’re a lot more familiar with these issues than you are. Listen and try to understand our stories, as we’re pretty incredible people. :)

Ready to take Action?

Sign the Justice for M.C pledge and learn more about this important case involving a young child who was given normalizing surgery while he was in foster care. The M.C. case is just one example of the ways intersex people and their families are hurt by a rush to secrecy and irreversible surgery.

If you’re still wondering about intersex I made a handy FAQ with the help of Inter/Act for the Faking It Premiere. Let me know if you have any questions!

(via interactyouth)

chloeaftel:

This series has been so awesome, ever subject is unique and open and such a pleasure to work with. I feel like each one was my favorite, but maybe it’s these latest ones.

Some more of Chloe&#8217;s beautiful photos that she took of me for her non-binary photo series. 

chloeaftel:

This series has been so awesome, ever subject is unique and open and such a pleasure to work with. I feel like each one was my favorite, but maybe it’s these latest ones.

Some more of Chloe’s beautiful photos that she took of me for her non-binary photo series. 

(via chloeaftel)

I'm Emily Quinn, And I'm Intersex »

interactyouth:

emilord:

MTV asked me to write a letter to YOU, telling you about what it’s like to be intersex. Let me know what you think!

ICYMI - Inter/Act member, and our Faking It committee leader, came out recently in this open letter posted on MTV’s ACT site about being intersex and what that means for her. It’s a must read. Thank you for your bravery Emily!

(via interactyouth, source: emilord)

I'm Emily Quinn, And I'm Intersex »

MTV asked me to write a letter to YOU, telling you about what it’s like to be intersex. Let me know what you think!

All I have are these crappy instagram photos as proof that I’ll be in the Meatball Head Show at Meltdown Comics curated by the wonderful Nico!

If you’re in LA then please stop by August 16th at 7! I can’t make it (boo!) because I’ll be at the Emmy’s (yay!) so feel free to take better photos for me. Or just buy them and I can come over and say hello to them anytime I want. Perfect! 

I bet you can’t guess who my pieces are of for the Sailor Moon show at Meltdown Comics this weekend!!

I bet you can’t guess who my pieces are of for the Sailor Moon show at Meltdown Comics this weekend!!

RIP, Robin Williams.

(via crazyhamlet, source: moahna)

stevencrewniverse:

If you find yourself around Alhambra, CA on Saturday August 9th, stop on by Gallery Nucleus!!

Cartoon Network and Nucleus present a Steven Universe / Adventure Time tribute exhibition in celebration of Rebecca Sugar’s awesome new animated series!OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS• Exclusive Steven Universe #1 Variant cover by Rebecca Sugar to be released• Exclusive prints, and shirts to be released by Nucleus and WeLoveFine• FREE SU/AT buttons to the first 100 people in line• Signing with Steven Universe comic book artist Coleman Engle, and other artists to be announced (7:00–9:00pm)• Signing with Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar. (7:00–8:00pm) Only the first 100 guests to purchase a print or comic from our pop up shop will be eligible to receive a signature.• Hourly raffle prizes at 8, 9 &amp; 10pm (winning raffle numbers will be announced the following day on our facebook page)• Musical performance by Rebecca Sugar, Jeff Liu (storyboard artist), Ben Levin (story editor), (8:30 and 9:30)• Complimentary refreshments servedEXHIBITION FEATURES• Steven Universe &amp; Adventure Time pop up shop by BOOM! and WeLoveFine• Over 50 tribute art and cover art pieces on display and available for saleADMISSION $5 FREE ADMISSION if you come in costume or with purchase of any Steven Universe/Adventure time merchandise of $5 value or more.Event starts at 7pm • Open to the public • All-ages welcome • No RSVPONLINE PRIZESPurchase any SU / AT merchandise from our website from now till September 1 and automatically be entered to win awesome prizes! Follow us on twitter as we will announce the prizes and winners weekly.Prizes Include: Funko Figure, Monopoly Game, Nooka Watch ($100 value), necklaces, and more…


Come say hi!! 

stevencrewniverse:

If you find yourself around Alhambra, CA on Saturday August 9th, stop on by Gallery Nucleus!!

Cartoon Network and Nucleus present a Steven Universe / Adventure Time tribute exhibition in celebration of Rebecca Sugar’s awesome new animated series!

OPENING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
• Exclusive Steven Universe #1 Variant cover by Rebecca Sugar to be released
• Exclusive prints, and shirts to be released by Nucleus and WeLoveFine
• FREE SU/AT buttons to the first 100 people in line
• Signing with Steven Universe comic book artist Coleman Engle, and other artists to be announced (7:009:00pm)
• Signing with Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar. (7:00–8:00pm) Only the first 100 guests to purchase a print or comic from our pop up shop will be eligible to receive a signature.
• Hourly raffle prizes at 8, 9 & 10pm (winning raffle numbers will be announced the following day on our facebook page)
• Musical performance by Rebecca Sugar, Jeff Liu (storyboard artist), Ben Levin (story editor), (8:30 and 9:30)
• Complimentary refreshments served

EXHIBITION FEATURES
• Steven Universe & Adventure Time pop up shop by BOOM! and WeLoveFine
• Over 50 tribute art and cover art pieces on display and available for sale

ADMISSION $5 
FREE ADMISSION
 if you come in costume or with purchase of any Steven Universe/Adventure time merchandise of $5 value or more.
Event starts at 7pm • Open to the public • All-ages welcome • No RSVP

ONLINE PRIZES
Purchase any SU / AT merchandise from our website from now till September 1 and automatically be entered to win awesome prizes! Follow us on twitter as we will announce the prizes and winners weekly.
Prizes Include: Funko Figure, Monopoly Game, Nooka Watch ($100 value), necklaces, and more…

Come say hi!! 

(via stevencrewniverse)

Come check out the opening of the Steven Universe/Adventure Time Show at Gallery Nucleus this Saturday, August 9th, at 7! You can see my bubbline woodburnings in person! They look better than these crappy phone photos, I promise.

random instagram girl sketches. follow me on ig!

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nicocolaleo:


About 2 years ago when I first started planning art show curating, one theme in particular was at the top of my list. And now it’s finally happening!!

MELTDOWN COMICS & NERDIST SHOWROOM PRESENT

MEATBALL HEAD: An Art Gallery Celebrating Over 20 Years of Sailor Moon

For Love and Justice! Meatball Head is an artistic celebration of the beloved Japanese phenomenon Sailor Moon, brought to you by over 100 talented artists from around the industry. Curated by Nico Colaleo!

After fighting evil by moonlight, you are coordially welcomed to join us for the opening reception at Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics (7522  Sunset  Blvd, Los Angeles) from 7pm-11pm, Saturday, August 16th 2014! Enjoy free beer and wine, along with Sailor Moon-themed entertainment, decor, surprises, and photo-ready backdrops. Start planning now, because in the name of the Moon, you’re not going to want to miss this fantastic evening!

Poster by W. Scott Forbes and Benjamin Anders!


Featuring work by Kelsy Abbott, Aaron Alexovich, Natasha Allegri, Benjamin Anders, Kim Arndt, Whitney Avalon, Atomikitty, Jessica Borutski, Matt Brailey, Kaitlin Callahan, Heather Carlton, Emily Choi, Tony Christopherson, Daisy Church, Jenny Colaleo, Nico Colaleo, Victor Courtright, Alexandra Coward, Dave Crosland, Nick Cross, Cheyenne Curtis, Jack Cusumano, Teri Cusumano, Zan Czyzewski, Becky Dreistadt, Brianne Drouhard, Rachel Dukes, Julianne Eckert, Michelle Fealk, Jenny Fine, W. Scott Forbes, Kate Freund, Phylicia Fuentes, Gyimah Gariba, Andrea Gertsmann, Tais Ghelli, Carson Giles, J.R. Goldberg, Lorraine Grate, Jessie “Velociraptor” Greenberg, Gina Gress, Monica Grue, Sarah Harkey, Haylee Herrick, Brenda Hickey, Starline Hodge, Geneva Hodgson, Robert Iza, Henrique Jardim, Jert, Ke Jiang, Josh Karp, Valerie Keiser, Jisoo Kim, Seo Kim, Natasha Kline, L.M. Knight, Chris Korn, Kate Laird, Jess Lane, Max Lawson, Melissa Levengood, Alice Meichi Li, Kevin Sukho Lee, Joanna Leitch, Jean Liang, Troy Little, Lindsey Lydecker, Kathryn Marusik, Perin McClean, Erin McGathy, Kali Meadows, Carly Mizzou, Csenge Kara Molnar, Zoe Moss, Megan Nairn, Daron Nefcy, Brent Noll, Rocky Olivares, Hannah Nance Partlow, Shadi Petosky, Elisa Phillips, Chris Pianka, Sara Pocock, Whitney Pollett, Julia Prescott, Emily Quinn, Sandra Rivas, Willy Roberts, Jennifer Ruiz, Austin Salmi, Katie Shanahan, Sarah Simes, David C. Smith, Bob Suarez, Thom Foolery, Babs Tarr, Arica Tuesday, Julia Vickerman, Jamie Vickers, Jeff Victor, Lynn Wang, Jason Whetzell, Jeremy Wojchihosky, Eddie Xu, Jessica Yost, zero., and more!

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empartridge:

I want to go curl up in a hole, but I feel like it’s my responsibility to address some things first (some are more important that others):

  • I work on Adventure Time, not Clarence.
  • I’m a storyboard revisionist, not a storyboard artist.
  • I did not personally act to get Skyler fired. Cartoon…

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