Personal stories (page 1 of 6)

Personal stories and testimony, with a focus on testimony by people with intersex variations.

International Women's Day, 2022: photos of IHRA and IPSA board members Dr Anita Jacombs, Michelle McGrath, Alice de Jonge, and Agli Zavros-Orr

International Women’s Day, 2022

Women in our community comment for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022. A theme of this year’s event is ending bias, and working towards a world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, free from bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

Hans Lindahl on writing intersex characters

Writing an intersex character

Hans Lindahl, formerly of interACT, presents here one of best discussions about how to write intersex characters in fiction. We highly commend this video, and other work by Hans.

Bold text reading "My Body My Choice"

My Body/My Choice: Make space to talk about intersex human rights

I’m a WA representative for Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA), a national intersex-led charity that provides peer support to people with intersex variations and our families. In my role, I get to meet many other people with intersex variations and parents.

Steph Lum, performing the poem Graduation Day

Graduation Day, a poem by Steph Lum

On 2 May, Steph Lum (editor of the YOUth&I magazine) performed the poem Graduation Day as part of Equality Australia’s Queer Love In. The event was an afternoon of performance to support LGBTI artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

YOUth & I publication, on a wooden table, accompanied by a cup of coffee

YOUth & I intersex youth publication

In YOUth & I, intersex youth tell their own stories, how they want to and in their own way. YOUth & I is an Australian publication created and edited by Steph Lum, and supported by the ACT Capital of Equality grants program. Download a free copy.

Steph Lum, speaking at Women Deliver 2019

Steph Lum at Women Deliver 2019

In TEDx-style, Steph Lum (then IHRA co-chair) presents experiences of some intersex women, in personal relationships and accessing appropriate healthcare, at the Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver.
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Alex David holding a sign asking "Were you raised as a boy or a girl?"

You Can’t Ask That

Episode 3 of season 4 of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That focuses on intersex people. Watch it in iView now.

Steph Lum, photo by Georgia Andrews. Glasses by Irene Kuzemko

Steph Lum: “Intersex self-love”

Steph Lum has won a prize for the poem “Intersex self-love”, in the Canberra SpringOut essay competition. Congratulations, Steph! Here’s the poem in its entirety.

Anick, filmed for the BBC

Meet Anick in ‘The Intersex Diaries’

Anick talks in a series of video and audio features with the BBC about his life, meeting other intersex people and his final surgery. Anick and Morgan (IHRA) were also interviewed by RightsInfo.