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Karin in LOTL Magazine: “The Legend of Lili Elbe”

…ia is pleased to announce that an article on Lili Elbe, the first intersex person known to have undergone urogenital surgery, has been published in the August 2009 issue of LOTL magazine. LOTL can be read online or a free copy can be picked up in venues and stockists. Download a copy of the article (PDF, 2.1 MB) The article by EarthAngel was written to coincide with the Australian re-release of The Danish Girl, the novel by David Ebershoff that is…

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Karin: Lili Elbe’s autobiography, Man into Woman

…rom how others like us have lived. I’d always known Lili Elbe as being one of the few earliest publicly known intersex people, after Herculine Barbin, but beyond the salient facts that she had been an artist, as I am, and died just before the Nazis came to power, I knew little more. Sexology commentators mentioned her only briefly and with skepticism, and others laid claim to her being one of their own. The fact of Lili being intersex as well as t…

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

…cly known intersex person. The film is The Danish Girl, based on the novel of the same name by US author David Ebershoff, and his book in turn was based on or at least inspired by the true story of Lili Elbe, whose memoirs were first published as Man into Woman in the 1930s. The book was republished in the UK by Blue Boat Books several years ago. Nicole Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films, is producing the The Danish Girl under a production…

Lili Elbe in her own words

Lili Elbe in her own words

…y loved and had plans for her artistic future. Please note that the editor of the published version of Lili’s memoirs changed some names to a degree in order to help protect the privacy of Lili’s spouse, friends and medical advisers who were still alive at the time of publication. Paris. 29th January, 1930. Dear Christian, You have not heard from me for a long time, because I have been able to tell you nothing good about Lili. From time to time I…

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Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

…included the absence of laryngeal relief (no Adam’s apple) and a tendency of the lower limbs to converge towards the knees. My breast formation was examined and judged to be typically feminine though very little developed. The recent development, I was told, was due to an alteration in gland balance and perhaps in gland structure. The cause might possibly have been a series of emotional upsets. There seemed to be some degree of hermaphroditism pr…

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Joint statement to the Congregation for Catholic Education

…o many intersex people and our families. We reject these positions because of their intrinsic harm to intersex people. Intersex people were affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:12, and by Augustine in City of God 16:8. For more than a millennium, Catholic Canon law regarded intersex people as valid and existing: as “hermaphrodites”, to be regarded in tracts on marriage and ordination as female or male depending upon predominant characteristics.[1] To u…

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Jo Proctor on the Story of ‘R’

…orced glass window in his front door. That one angry punch had broken most of the bones in his right hand. It was just the last of many angry punches. ‘R’ radiated anger. Aggression was in the way he walked. Belligerence was in the silver-studded leather jacket hanging from his shoulders even on the hottest day. Anger was in the tremble of his voice. It glared like bitter razors from his eyes. He was in his early twenties. Melbourne-born. A tiny b…

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Five years of the not-for-profit company

…elines on sex and gender recognition. 18 June 2013: Morgan is published by the The Guardian newspaper. Participants at the Third International Intersex Forum, Malta, 2013 25 June 2013: The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 is passed by the federal parliament. July 2013: Medicare makes subsidised healthcare procedures sex and gender neutral. September 2013: Gina Wilson retires as preside…