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I can’t thank you enough for helping me better understand the challenges facing intersex individuals across the U.S. and beyond. I also appreciate your exposing me to the leaders in this field, including you, who are making a significant impact as a growing numbers of people reconceptualize what it means to be intersex. I just hope I can capture parts of your vision when I speak and write on variations in our human identities and how we express our sexuality.
Thomas Serwatka, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus: Author of Queer Questions, Clear Answers: The Contemporary Debates of Sexual Orientation) Jacksonville, FL: September 30th, 2018
I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez. Anunnaki shared his personal life experiences as an intersex person and the challenges he has faced with medical and clinical professionals. Additionally, he provided facts, statistics, and educational resources about intersex people. As a LGBTQI clinician, it is crucial that I understand the unique needs of the intersex community as well as the stigmatization and discrimination they face.
I am grateful to have met Anunnaki. His enthusiasm and devotion to educating others is inspiring.
Judith Asermely, LCSW – Jacksonville, FL: September 8, 2018
Mx. Anunnaki’s engaging video-conference intersex presentation took us on an incredible journey to begin to understand how we need to be more inclusive of the “I” in LGBTQIA. Mx. Anunnaki’s personal passions and investment on this topic shined as he used his life experiences to enlighten and inform us. Although a video-conference call is not always personable, that wasn’t an issue since he captivated us by offering his wisdom, authentic self and powerful vulnerability during the presentation.
Review of Intersex Presentation to PFLAG Rockford group: March 5, 2018
Mx. Anunnaki’s hour-long presentation was full of valuable information. Using statistics, he relayed that there are just as many intersex individuals as there are redheads! He detailed the many variations in characteristics that make a person intersex, from physical traits to chromosome patterns. He provided that these are separate from sexual orientation and gender identity so we could understand that there’s different factors involved and each person is unique. After defining intersex, we were informed of the medical treatments (or lack thereof) and astonishing discriminations that intersex people experience.
One of my favorite parts of Mx. Anunnaki’s presentation was when he dove into the history of how intersex persons have been treated. I enjoyed learning how previous cultures have celebrated intersexed individuals, like the Egyptians. I also loved how he included beautiful images, like the 16th-century painting titled “The Bearded Woman” to get us to understand the historical aspect of intersex individuals. The research Mx. Anunnaki performed for this presentation is impressive!
Our group appreciated how real and honest Mx. Anunnaki made his presentation. Getting a glimpse into Mx. Anunnaki’s life, from his tragic past experiences and ill-treatment to his current loving family life, brought us closer to understanding him and his message. His perseverance and dedication to educate people on this topic is inspiring. He brings so much hope and uplifting messages for the changes that need to happen for the intersex community.
We deeply appreciate Mx. Anunnaki’s video-conference presentation and the fact sheet handout he provided (we can add it to our group’s resources). After attending this presentation, I know PFLAG Rockford sees the world differently. We are empowered with information and awareness on intersex individuals so we can be more inclusive and make changes within our community.
Review was written by Amber Kresol, PFLAG Rockford, Illinois, Board Member: March, 5, 2018
At a PFLAG meeting, Mx. Annunaki Ray gave a presentation, “Born Intersex in the USA: My Story and the Value of Inclusion”, it was a heartfelt, educational and impactful experience for me. He addressed the issues around Intersex, the good, the bad, and the ugly with love and care. He spoke with clarity, humor, and respect. At one point I became emotional and cried. His message of responsibly including the “I” in the LGBTQ letters prompted PFLAG of Jacksonville to make him Director of Intersex/Gender Education. Mx. Annunaki Ray’s honesty while sharing his experience was a powerful influence in motivating me to become more involved in promoting Intersex Awareness.
-Elizabeth Garcia Jacksonville, Florida: Jan. 19, 2017
I have had the privilege to hear Mx. Annunaki Ray give two presentations, “Listen with Care: Building Bridges of Understanding”, as well as a follow up small group presentation during an adult educational class. His talks brought about a broad understanding of what it means to be born intersex. He led with his heart and spoke from a reality few of us can even imagine about being born intersex. Hearing his personal story as well as the detailed education has brought about my own personal growth and a shared advocacy. Mx. Annunaki Ray’s pure love and desire for truth make for a powerfully motivating speaker whose words will continue challenge and influence Intersex awareness and changes for years to come. Every listening ear is sure to be influenced.
-Colleen Goodwin, RN, MHA Jacksonville Florida: Oct. 10, 2017
Mx. Anunnaki Ray is deeply dedicated to educating the word on Intersex. He is driven to deliver a message that will open eyes, and help all those in need of support. He truly inspires and is making a dent in past perceptions.
– Tiescha Thomasson, mother of Joey, an XY intersex girl and founder of Intersex Support for Parents, a Facebook Group. Jacksonville Florida: October 26, 2017
Anunnaki is one of the most passionate, informed, and motivational speakers I have ever met. His ability to speak his truth and educate at the same time will leave you motivated to take action. He is especially skilled at helping the audience feel connected and unafraid to ask questions. His gentle and assertive way of connecting with his audience helps deliver his powerful message of hope. If you are lucky enough to hear him speak, your life will be changed.
– Kristie Overstreet Ph.D., LPCC, LMHC, CST Huntington Beach, CA: November 1, 2017