On October 26, 2016, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of intersex activists picketing the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston. This moment gave us what we now know as Intersex Awareness Day.
Since then, we’ve had a multitude of voices at the forefront letting the world know they too are intersex and there’s nothing unhealthy or shameful about it. From the (now defunct) Intersex Society of North America’s, Hermaphrodites Speak!, to the more recently released Buzzfeed video, “What It’s Like to Be Intersex,” intersex people have been using media to spread the message that we are survivors of medical violence and our stories are important for the wellness of all people--intersex and non-intersex--alike.
These acts of bravery, in addition to countless hours of labor by intersex people and allies all across the globe, have laid the foundation for what we now understand as the intersex movement.