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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

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Intersex is Not a Gender Identity By Jim Costich

By Jim Costich  September 22, 2019 It is not appropriate to use the term “intersex” to describe a gender identity.  Intersex refers to a person’s sexual anatomy, hormones or chromosomes.  The most important thing to remember about the definition of the term is that it describes a person’s body, not their identity.  The United Nations’ Intersex… Continue reading Intersex is Not a Gender Identity By Jim Costich

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This is My Father’s World (Part 2 of​ 3)

By James Costich September 7th, 2019 Christianity has come to be nearly synonymous with the hatred, loathing, fear, and condemnation of LGBT people but this is a new development in the history of the religion, and it is far more linked to politics than theology.   Since the 1980s it’s been used as a distraction… Continue reading This is My Father’s World (Part 2 of​ 3)

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Intersex people must be allowed self-determination about our bodies, our identities, and our lives. By Jim Costich

By Jim Costich April 17th, 2019   Like Anunnaki, I am one of the lucky ones. One of the intersex people who was not mutilated by surgeons' knives.  Also, one of the lucky ones because I did not have a forced gender assignment and although my hormonal health was postponed due to medical malpractitioners I… Continue reading Intersex people must be allowed self-determination about our bodies, our identities, and our lives. By Jim Costich

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The 100% Female Intersex Girlz

By Jim Costich  March 29th, 2019 Before I begin, here is a reminder of the definition of Intersex from the United Nations Intersex fact sheet: Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Intersex is an umbrella term… Continue reading The 100% Female Intersex Girlz

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Jim Costich: An Intersex Man Before His Time in Esquire Magazine 2005

  To read scanned article above:  Jim Costich 2005 Esquire Article By Jim Costich  This article was written at a very heady time in my life. I had joined the gay men's naturist club and running around naked in the woods with other naked men who could all see at a glance that I don't… Continue reading Jim Costich: An Intersex Man Before His Time in Esquire Magazine 2005

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Jim Costich’s Intersex Imposter Rant

By Jim Costich  February, 7th 2019 There is no such thing as an "intersex poser".  There are only people who are trying to figure out whether they are intersex.  Some of them have noticed things about their bodies that don’t match what is considered standard for the sex they’ve been told they are the most… Continue reading Jim Costich’s Intersex Imposter Rant

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Not all intersex people look intersex.

          By Jim Costich  Jim's response to the above educational post seen on social media: When we include intersex into the conversation, simply saying "cisgender" tells nothing about the body that person was born into if they were born with an intersex bodily or intersex chromosomal variation.    I once met… Continue reading Not all intersex people look intersex.

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Gender, Sex and Orientation Over(your)lap

By Jim Costich  December 2018 Being gay is not just a sexual orientation.  It's a gender.  Or rather there are different genders of gay.  This surprised a friend of mine who is a tad new to gay culture.  He didn't realize that among gay men gendered pronouns change in mid-sentence such as: "We had the worst… Continue reading Gender, Sex and Orientation Over(your)lap

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How to Stop “Dis-ing” Intersex!

  An Intersex Exploration of Prefix Use in the English Language By Jim Costich 2018 “Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” Albert Camus “Being disintegrated makes me very angry! Very angry indeed!” Marvin the Martian (Loony Tunes) Meet Marvin the Martian Below in this fast clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlVoD17y5y4 Dis -  a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having a privative, negative, or reversing force (see de-, un-2.); used freely, especially with these latter senses, as an English formative:… Continue reading How to Stop “Dis-ing” Intersex!