Every Intersex Awareness Day is a very special day for me. However, this year is far more special. This year I would like to introduce a very brave little intersex girl named Joey. To our amazement there we were in the same city! Tiescha Thomasson is the amazing mother, my personal friend, and who is also the founder of the Facebook Group Intersex Support for Parents. I am the moderator and administrator to this group, where we gather with many important people in the intersex community to give support and guidance to the parents of intersex children.
You see, Tiesha’s daughter was born intersex. With the blessing of her parents, she comes out to the world to show all her pride this year with me as my pirate persona Pirate Antonio Phoenix! So now the world knows that Anunnaki merges forever with Antonio and for the intersex children I walk forth as both!
Let me also share a message from Joey’s mother, Tiescha, about how as parents they came to terms with agreeing to their daughter coming out to the world today. Here is Tiesha’s message of giving Joey, her daughter, her blessing to come out to the world:
In the past few years Joey started to ask questions about herself that were somewhat complicated to answer as a parent.
We evolved with her and started using resources online to articulate what we could not find words for.
She rapidly became more self-aware and in the past year found peace with who she is. Her questions did not stop, she began to conduct her own searches online and wanted to meet other Intersex children.
This lead to her wanting to help others in learning (In her words) “It’s okay to be Intersex.” As a baby Joey was subjected to surgery, she never had a say and her voice was stolen. We vowed to never allow this to happen again. She is now using her voice and has our unconditional support, love and guidance.
All pirates share their booty!
Here is a special coin I give to Joey! Joey’s parents are giving their daughter the right to self-determination: Joey’s Gift: Self-Determination. I am deeply honored to be a part this family’s life journey.
Joey, I promise to be there for your entire life journey. To me, you are like a God Child, and I promise that am forever here to protect you. This coin is a token to that promise and that our self-determination is your human right. You have now found yourself in my heart forever.
Note: An intersex child named Nathaniel was the first to meet Pirate Antonio Phoenix, but he remains anonymous. If you have an intersex or transgender child who would like to meet Pirate Antonio Phoenix you can e-mail me and we can visit Old St. Augustine, Florida together: firstname.lastname@example.org
This message brought to you for INTERSEX Awareness Day 2017, with much gratitude to our photographer Seth Langner of Karmathartic.
Joey as a pirate for Halloween 2017