Jim Costich, The Man with the Hidden Playground

……But Now I Have to Scream

A Memoir from Jim Costich, 2003           I was 44 before I found out what my body contains and what being intersex might mean as I age. I was born with ambiguous genitals in 1957 and I had no surgery.  I've been on hormones since I was a teen because I have… Continue reading ……But Now I Have to Scream

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Cultural Dysphoria, Homophobia, Intersex Phobia, Poems, Prejudice, Transphobia

Poem: Was it my penis?

The void of emptiness. A hole in my heart.   Was it your assumptions, your embarrassment, your shame? Why won't you call me a friend now? Was it my beard, my penis, my appearing a gay man now? You said I had lied to you when I appeared a woman. Why did my becoming an… Continue reading Poem: Was it my penis?

Celebrations, Intersex Activist, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People

In Honor of Herculine Barbin: November 8th, Intersex Day of Solidarity & Remembrance.

Intersex Day of Solidarity, also known as Intersex Day of Remembrance, and now takes place on November 8th each year. This day is in Honor and Memory of Herculine Barbin a French 'Hermaphrodite' from the late 1800's. November 8th was the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by… Continue reading In Honor of Herculine Barbin: November 8th, Intersex Day of Solidarity & Remembrance.

Celebrations, Civil Rights, Emancipation, Freedom, Hope, Intersex Activist, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, Self-Determination

I am Proudly the First in Colorado to get an Intersex Birth Certificate

The day I receive my intersex birth certificate from Colorado.

Hate Crimes, Intersex Erasure, Intersex Phobia, Memories, Poems, Prejudice, Relationships, Transgender, Transphobia

Poem: You couldn’t protect me, they erased me

To my mother: When I was born I became a thorn in your pocket You wanted me to be Anthony I disappointed you You raised me as Antoinette My picture not even in your locket You couldn't protect me, they erased me To my living sister: When I grew up You called me Toni with… Continue reading Poem: You couldn’t protect me, they erased me

Intersex Awareness, Questions and Answers

Difference Between Hermaphrodite and Intersex

Hermaphrodite vs Intersex   The two terms Hermaphrodite and Intersex have been used synonymously before the mid-years of the last century.  However, they have been explained in the scientific literature so that it would be convenient to understand the difference between these two terms.  Since the mid-1990's, it has been important to some in the… Continue reading Difference Between Hermaphrodite and Intersex

Anunnaki Ray's Photographic Stories, Celebrations, Emancipation, Gender Pirate, Human Rights, Intersex Awareness, Self-Determination

Intersex Day of Remembrance and Solidarity 2017

Intersex Day of Remembrance, also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an international awareness day that aims to draw attention to the issues faced by members of the intersex community. It is observed on November 8, marking the birth anniversary of Herculine Barbin.  Herculine was a hermaphrodite who wrote a memoir about their life and… Continue reading Intersex Day of Remembrance and Solidarity 2017

Cosmetic Genital Surgery, Cultural Dysphoria, Human Rights, Human Rights Violations, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, Poems, Self-Determination

Poem: Stop Cutting us With Steel

Stop Cutting us With Steel We are not a myth, We are real. We are hermaphrodites. To be cut by the blade, and by steel. To be erased, by this cruel world. That is threatened by our existence. We are not a myth, We are real. We are hermaphrodites. That word HERMAPHRODITE you even destroyed… Continue reading Poem: Stop Cutting us With Steel

Gender Nonconforming, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, Questions and Answers, Self-Determination, Transgender

Intersex, Intergender, and Altersex. Do Intersex Transexuals Exist?

Before I answer if Intersex Transexuals Exist, let me first educate and give the definitions of Intersex, Endosex, Intergender, and Altersex. What is Intersex? Intersex is general term used for natural bodily variations in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female… Continue reading Intersex, Intergender, and Altersex. Do Intersex Transexuals Exist?

Bridge Building, Celebrations, Emancipation, Freedom, Gender Nonconforming, Human Rights Violations, Intersex Activist, Intersex Awareness, Questions and Answers, Relationships

The two of us, born intersex and named ‘Antoinette’ at our birth.

God-incidence or Serendipity?  Whatever you call it, it felt like a miracle.   I was finally coming to terms with who I was as a human being.  This was after having a lifetime of not feeling real, and being thrown away by many doctors, therapist and psychiatrists, who had tried to 'fix me'.   I was… Continue reading The two of us, born intersex and named ‘Antoinette’ at our birth.