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Category Archives: Coming Out

S. African Beauty Queen Comes Out as Intersex!

S. African Beauty Queen Comes Out as Intersex!

Earlier this week, we celebrated South African Sharon Rose Khumalo’s victory–as the newly crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns–and her decision to compete as an openly intersex person, on Facebook.

We’re thrilled to see her spreading pride and awareness about being intersex, and that her coming out has been respectfully covered by the press this week. We’re even happier to hear her share that being out as intersex did not interfere with her competition but that, rather, she received support. Kudos to all the people she worked with and to Khumalo for modeling respect and acceptance!

“I had fears that someone somewhere might say this and this and then it turns into something nasty, The judges supported me.”

Huffington Post SA: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/02/08/this-local-beauty-queen-has-come-out-publicly-as-intersex-and-is/

ZATrends: https://www.zatrends.co.za/sa-beauty-queen-sharon-khumalo-opens-up-about-not-having-ovaries-or-a-uterus-will-never-have-children-as-a-result/

#intersex #IntersexAwareness #IntersexEquality #intersexPride #LGBTI

Our Founding E.D. Reflects on Intersex Pride on Oprah

Our Founding E.D. Reflects on Intersex Pride on Oprah

“I wouldn’t be a ‘regular’ woman if you paid me: this is who I want to be.” — Hida Viloria Our founding E.D. Hida Viloria​ reflects on being he/r authentic intersex self on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Intersex Pride on Oprah #intersex #IntersexEquality #ComingOut #BornBoth #LGBTI #Latinx Continue Reading

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

As outlined in USA Today, model Hanne Gaby Odiele has come out as intersex– hurray! She did so, like all intersex advocates, to shine a light on the human rights abuse of nonconsensual cosmetic infant surgeries, aka Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), and to advocate for an end to the practice. As Odiele told USA Today:… Continue Reading

Watch Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis on Transparent!!!!

Watch Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis on Transparent!!!!

Fabulous News Everyone: Episode 1, Season 3 of award-winning television series #Transparent features #intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis in a scene with Jeffrey Tambor! Pagonis shared that they regret that the discussion of non-consensual surgeries they had filmed didn’t make it in, however, Pidgeon — who is non-binary and uses “they/them/their” pronouns– was able to mention… Continue Reading

OII-USA’s Viloria in Oxford U Press college textbook!

OII-USA’s Viloria in Oxford U Press college textbook!

We are thrilled to report that OII-USA/ICE Executive Director Hida Viloria’s May 2014 essay, “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity,” will be published by Oxford University Press this December in the college textbook, QUEER: A Reader for Writers, by Jason Schneiderman. The essay elaborates on the importance of de-pathologization and using “intersex” rhetoric for attaining… Continue Reading

O.I.T.N.B. star Ruby Rose on being genderfluid in People

Australian model and actor Ruby Rose came out as genderfluid in the summer of 2014, and discusses it now in People magazine, in conjunction with announcements that they will be starring in Season 3 of the popular television series Orange is the New Black. Kudos to Rose for proudly promoting visibility for non-binary people! Continue Reading

VICE Interviews Emily Quinn on coming out as intersex

In, “I’m Intersex and My Body Works Just Fine, Thank You”, VICE’s Hannah Hanra interviews Emily Quinn of InterAct (a U.S. intersex youth organization) on her decision to come out as intersex, and what it was like consulting MTV on TV’s first intersex character, on their series Faking It. http://www.vice.com/read/im-intersex-and-my-body-works-wonderfully Continue Reading

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