Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, My Intersex Story, Poems, Self-Determination

Poem: My Sex Traits Don’t Create My Gender Identity

My Sex Traits Don't Create My Gender Identity I am not a non-binary person. I am a man an intersex man My Sex Traits Don't Create My Gender Identity My gender is in my brain and heart. My body is intersex. I have an intersex body. We used to be called hermaphrodites. I am a… Continue reading Poem: My Sex Traits Don’t Create My Gender Identity

Bridge Building, Cultural Dysphoria, Human Rights, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, Questions and Answers, Transgender

My thoughts: What about puberty blockers and surgery?

On social media I receive this questions so decided to also turn my answer into a blog too: What about pubery blockers and surgery? I do believe that if the family and child have received informed consent, and know that any human being (endosex or intersex) can exist as man/boy, woman/girl, both or neither, that… Continue reading My thoughts: What about puberty blockers and surgery?

Emancipation, Hate Crimes, Human Rights Violations, Intersex People, Poems

Poem: The Monster was you all along!

Most of my life I was taught that the monster was within me If only I could be more feminine be more inteligent be more conforming be more ordinary be a proper girl Most of my life I was taught that I was the problem and I worked hard to prove you right Conforming to… Continue reading Poem: The Monster was you all along!

Memories, My Intersex Story, Poems, Relationships

Poem: A Service Dog’s Perfect Love

Moose, Our beloved dog. You loved your family loyally since day one. A gift to us from the angels. Your ability to detect seizures and lactic acidosis even. We found a dog school that taught us to train you into service. You officially became a service dog and went everywhere with us. Allowing us to… Continue reading Poem: A Service Dog’s Perfect Love

Homophobia, Intersex Phobia, My Intersex Story, Poems, Prejudice, Relationships, Transgender, Transphobia

Poem: When I faced the streets alone

When I faced the streets alone I looked up into the Florida winter sky The stars seemed further away than usual  God nowhere to be found in my heart I thought I was alone I now know God was there but not at the time just darkness you see, boys don't cry... or do they?… Continue reading Poem: When I faced the streets alone

Emancipation, Human Rights Violations, Intersex Awareness, My Intersex Story, Self-Determination

A Zen Koan: The winter of my life.

All my life false and real, right and wrong tangled Playing with the moon, ridiculing wind, listening to birds Many years wasted seeing the mountain covered with snow This winter I suddenly realize snow makes a mountain. - Eihel Dogen For those who do not know, this is an example of a Koan.  A Koan… Continue reading A Zen Koan: The winter of my life.

Celebrations, Intersex Activist, Intersex People, Jim Costich, My Intersex Story, Poems, Relationships

Poem: When two lonely aliens become brothers

We both felt like we were from another world. You on one side of the country, and me on the other. And we would not know it until half our lives were over.   You would be born a decade before me. Sharing with pride to all your friends your genitals from another world. All… Continue reading Poem: When two lonely aliens become brothers

Genital Integrity, Human Rights, Intersex Awareness, Intersex People, Intersex Traits, Self-Determination, Transgender

Implicit bias making Hermaphrodites “she/her” and being called an “it”.

I put out a poll on social media to prove a point about implicit bias and gender identity.  It asked:  "When you think about Ancient Greek Hermaphrodite Statues what pronouns would you reflexively use to describe that person depicted?"   As you can see Most said she/her.  Facebook did not offer me a third option,… Continue reading Implicit bias making Hermaphrodites “she/her” and being called an “it”.

Hate Crimes, Human Rights, Human Rights Violations, Intersex Activist, Intersex Phobia, My Intersex Story, Self-Determination, Transphobia

Why medical prejudice and malpractice didn’t​ kill me.

A friend shared this quote with me when I was dying and saving myself from the horrors of forced gender assignment back in 2014. Back then, I felt like I was drowning in the middle of the cold Atlantic Ocean with no raft, no life jacket. Abandoned by those who should have cared, but did… Continue reading Why medical prejudice and malpractice didn’t​ kill me.

Human Rights, Intersex Awareness, Intersex History, Intersex People, Jim Costich, The Man with the Hidden Playground

Thoughts of an Intersex Man on the Discovery that General Pulaski Was Likely Intersex | By Jim Costich

By James Costich April 8, 2019   It would seem that General Casimir Polaski, Revolutionary war hero serving directly under Washington himself was an intersex man instead of a male man. This is of great interest to intersex people who have been made to feel like lesser human beings. Otherwise, it is of very little… Continue reading Thoughts of an Intersex Man on the Discovery that General Pulaski Was Likely Intersex | By Jim Costich