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It is not about them feeling comfortable with the idea of being intersex, as a defence mechanism or a mental justification that it is because of it that they’re trans: it’s about respecting the life experiences of intersex persons, and acknowledging the real goal of our movement: our human rights.
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It’s not same as having survived the appalling violence to the body’s intimacy that means being mutilated and artificially built.
There’s no glamour, no vindication of the identity in having undergone to such aggressions, at an age so early that there’s not the slightest possibility of fighting back, of stating an opinion, of freely reject or consent, with knowledge, with information.
From the intellectual thinking capacity of the movement, we need to seriously and critically pose LGBT in our community as , this is, to put horizontally gender identity/expression and sexual orientation on the same level as other categories of our individualities, such as age, class, nationality and ethnic origin; thus acknowledging that the common aspect that bonds intersex people is their congenital variations of sex characteristics, as well as the personal life experiences caused by stigma, rejection, discrimination and, most of time, medical violence instrumented by non-consented medical interventions.
In this way, we could reformulate our participation in the LGBT movement as a separate aspect of a whole, building alliances based in mutual respect and recognition.
The island of Jersey has enacted limited protections from discrimination.
These do not protect an intersex person from unwanted medical interventions, nor address other issues raised in the Malta declaration.
Intersex is not equal trans Intersex is not equal transgender Intersex is not equal transsexual Intersex is about a body born with variations of sex characteristics. This is a subject rather tiresome to me, but I have to write about it because few people will do likewise. For starters, many people are still unaware of intersex.
Very few people get what means being intersex or having an intersex body. Everyone seems entitled to have an (often uneducated) opinion on the matter.
After all, many intersex persons were forced to a gender identity along with medical interventions aiming for genital and bodily normalisation.