Personal stories

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

Video: Intersex documentary “Intersexion”

Long awaited documentary about the experiences of a number of intersex people around the world, Intersexion, was made for New Zealand television broadcaster TV One by Grant Lahood with the assistance of Wellington-resident intersex activist and counsellor Mani Bruce Mitchell.

Opinion by Michael Noble: I am me and I am OK

The following biography is based on a paper I presented at the Gay and Lesbian Feast Festival, Adelaide, South Australia in 2002. As much has changed for me since then, in relation to how I perceive myself and my outlook, the document has been significantly revised and updated. Intersex is primarily not matter of identity…
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BBC News: “Man, 33, seeks puberty”

BBC News: “Man, 33, seeks puberty”

Kallmann’s Syndrome isn’t typically described as an intersex variation unless it’s left untreated. Puberty is about the development of our minds and our bodies. Puberty is challenging and wonderful at the age most people commence it. It is even more challenging and wonderful late in life. Some intersex people have serial puberties. Others of us…
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Michael Noble: Representations of Klinefelter Syndrome

Michael Noble: Representations of Klinefelter Syndrome

Michael Noble wrote this paper in 2003, and it was revised in 2010. Copyright © by Michael Noble 2010. Note Michael has asked that we point out that this paper was originally written in and around 2003 and that “I have seen some KS websites are now less reactive to the suggestion that XXY is…
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David’s story

David’s story

I have said before that the way that I was treated or almost treated, as a young adult, by some top university hospital medical people would have been considered a crime if I had been under age. In the early 1970s, everywhere that I went for medical help and the medical-legal means to be legally…
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Eden Atwood: “The Opposite of Secret”

Eden Atwood: “The Opposite of Secret”

Eden Atwood talks about being told of her diagnosis: The truth unfolded, at least in my memory, like this. The doctor came in and nervously took a seat. He informed me and my mother that we were both scheduled to see a psychologist that day, separately and together. And then he proceeded to use terms…
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Lili Elbe in her own words

Lili Elbe in her own words

Below is reproduced a letter written by Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener in 1930 shortly before the surgery that would lead to her death. The searing tragedy of her situation could not be clearer. The dangerous medical advice she had already been given and that resulted in tissue necrosis was surpassed by the attempted transplant…
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