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How to Add the “I” Responsibly to the LGBTQ+ Rainbow

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The Intersex Flag

I am often asked how can we add the “I” responsibly to LGBT+, since so many of us intersex people identify as LGBTQ+ in some way:

Here is how I feel the “I” can be added with responsibility and care:

Below are pages to print, and several important links that you will need to use as references or add to your webpage if you are an organization. It is so important that the parents of intersex children, and all us intersex people, are guided to informed and safe people.  Most importantly, these links and organizations below support that an intersex child has the human right to their own self-determination of gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression:

Below are organizations that will support:

  • “No Body is Shameful”
  • Self-Determination | Genital Integrity | My Body My Choice
  • Protecting an intersex child from unnecessary sex reassignment genital corrective surgeries as a nonconsenting child.  
  • That being born Intersex is about having a bodily variation, not a condition, disorder or syndrome. 

Four PDF Files to print:

1) United Nations INTERSEX Factsheet from United Nations

2) Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies 

3) Your Beautiful Child, Information for Parents 

4) Supporting Your Intersex Child – A Parent’s Toolkit PDF

5) To Change Medical Policies: Intersex Affirming Hospital Policies By IntersexACT and Lambda Legal


Links to add and make available on your websites or social media: 

1) InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth: interactadvocates.org

and 4intersex (Educational Resources)

2) Intersex Campaign for Equality: IC4E

3) Intersex Justice Project

4) Intersex Human Rights Australia; ihra

5) Organization Intersex International (World Wide Lists)

6) Houston Intersex Society

7) StopIGM.org  (Stop Intersex Genital Mutilation)  

8) Intersex and Faith

9)Mx. Anunnaki Ray Gender/INTERSEX Activist, Educator, Writer and Speaker


Facebook Support Group:  Intersex Support for Parents (Closed FaceBook Group)


For those outside of the United States: 

A list of:  Wold Wide Advocacy and Support for Intersex People.

Thank you for helping us to change this world! 

Imagine What Seven Billion

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My thoughts about why we should add the “I” now:  Why I feel INTERSEX should be added to the LGBTQ rainbow

I will now use: MOGAI instead of LGBTQIA+



In this Rainbow Talk at the 2016 ILGA World Conference, Mani Bruce Mitchell speaks about intersex human rights and reminds us why we must not leave out the “I” in our advocacy efforts.  Mani shares in this: “We are Rainbows Within Rainbows”. 

“I respect anyones decision to not be LGBTQ, but we have to have historical accuracy and recognize that the prejudice that goes into the medical treatment of us is almost purely out of a want to keep people from being gay or trans. Homophobia and transphobia are driving forces behind our oppression and our liberation is linked deeply.”  Anonnymous Quote from an intersex person.

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6 thoughts on “How to Add the “I” Responsibly to the LGBTQ+ Rainbow”

  1. Thank you for sharing this. First, there is no reason to respect a decision not to be LGBT because it’s impossible. These aren’t things a person chooses in the first place. Whatever we are we can chose to hide, deny, pretend we’re something else but that is just like a left-handed​ person forced to use their right hand. They don’t stop being left-handed. They are a left handed person forced to use their right hand. As much as our society loathes people who do not conform or confine themselves to behaviors and mindsets of the heterosexual, gender-normative, anatomically “perfect” nobody can force people to “become” these things. It’s also not a good thing to try. Variation is the strength of a species because it holds the possibility of flexibility. Flexibility is needed to adapt to change and the only constant in the universe is change. Set aside the idea that sex, sexuality, and identity is something that can be selected for or against. That’s an error and is shot through with logical fallacies. Set aside the ideology that all people should only be heterosexual, gender-conforming and anatomically averaged for reproduction. That’s not a real world. That’s not how all this works. The liberation of all people is only achieved by asking questions, exploring possibilities, collecting evidence, playing with arguments and definitions and always being ready to change our minds when we learn new things. Get rid of trans and homophobia and we’re still left with a “belief” that it’s better to be anatomically perfect. We’re still stuck with the idea that women should have at least “C” cup breasts, that men with body hair are hideous, that the only acceptable penis is one that is a minimum of 5″ long erect, and that a clitoris is an embarrassing thing that should be ignored at best and is better not even named. The current fad in cosmetic surgery is to remove labia minora under the goof ball idea that it’s “ugly”. These are ridiculous membership requirements that we do indeed make up and then believe are true with no reason at all to think them. The sales pitches teach us to be self critical instead of seeing beauty keeps us forever locked in a delusion of inadequacy that begs expensive correction from whoever can sell us a promise of something we don’t need. There is a big difference between expanding and exploring and growing into our possibilities and allowing ourselves to be limited, cut away and shrunk into things that straight jacket us into smaller and smaller spaces.

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