Garry Bevel President, PFLAG of Jacksonville, and Frieda Saraga, Board of Directors, and Founding Board Member of PFLAG of Jacksonville, have been absolutely amazing to work with. Both have accepted me, with open arms, and have listen with care, when I felt intersex should not be left out by the acronyms LGBT or LGBTQ. They have not only listened with care, they have acted on it.
On January 19th, PFLAG of Jacksonville, made it possible for me to educate our city by giving a presentation about the importance of intersex inclusion, and how to do that responsibly.
After that talk, they clearly could now see the need in this city for the parents of intersex children, as well as us intersex adults, needing more support here. So, today I have agreed to serve as PFLAG of Jacksonville’s Director of Intersex and Gender Education!
Left to right: Mx. Anunnaki Ray, Garry Bevel, President PFLAG of Jacksonville, and Frieda Saraga, Board of Directors, and Founding Board Member. The Yellow and Purple flag is the Intersex Flag, that was created in Australia, that I have chosen to promote here in the USA too. Please “like” on Facebook: PFLAG of Jacksonville
You can read more about my position here:
Mx. Anunnaki Ray, Director of Intersex and Gender Education for PFLAG of Jacksonville
Position Description and Purpose: About those who are born intersex and the common language used in speaking about intersex lives. Raise awareness about intersex human rights and how those rights are often violated. Offer outreach and support for the parents of intersex babies, or children, in Jacksonville, and guide them to the appropriate organizations that will reinforce Self-Determination of gender of their intersex child. This is to avoid misinformed, unnecessary, and non-consensual medical intervention, saving physical and emotional lives.
My Goal and Objectives: Educate PFLAG about the importance of intersex inclusion, and how to include intersex responsibly; while including the understanding of the prevalence of intersex, and erasure of intersex experiences. Distinguish intersex (natural bodily variations, from typical male and female dyadic biological sex), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression. Provide workshops and trainings to PFLAG of Jacksonville and their local agencies.
Strategies and Evidence-Based Support:
- United Nations Intersex Fact Sheet: https://www.unfe.org/system/unfe-65-Intersex_Factsheet_ENGLISH.pdf)
- Oii USA, and Executive Director Hida Viloria: (http://oii-usa.org)
- InterACT, Advocates for Intersex Youth (http://interactadvocates.org)
- Additional support from, Judi Herring, M.D.
Promote the use of common, affirming language, in regards to descriptions of gender and sexual minorities. This would include: Biological sex (Dyadic Sex and Intersex), Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression. Encourage shifts in medical and business cultural humility and intersex inclusion.
Memories of my PFLAG Presentation on January 19th, 2017:
For this PFLAG presentation I also played two videos: Judi Herring, M.D.’s, TEDx TALK: Gender Bound, Lessons From the World Between, and Dr. Tiger Devore’s Interface Project Message “No Body is Shameful”. Everyone also received an Intersex Fact Sheet, from the United Nations.
Here is my autobiography: About Mx. Anunnaki Ray
Blogs that guide in adding the “I” responsibly to LGBT:
- Adding the “I” responsibly to LGBT
- The difference between transgender and intersex and the harm that wrong language can bring
- INTERSEX Erasure Hurts! Examples of Misguidance from Doctors.
- Doctors call us a disorder, defect, or syndrome, when we are born. We are simply INTERSEX.
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