First-person accounts given by intersex people and parents show that up to this day the human rights of intersex people are being violated throughout Europe.
“Telling one’s story is no simple act. It is part of a personal journey of exiting isolation and succeeding in finding others who underwent similar experiences, of finding or fighting for opportunities to share first impressions, thoughts and questions with these others, of making sense of incongruities and double standards in treatment, of being on a quest for words and meaning that dominant culture does not provide, of finding ways to challenge interiorized stigma, of probing one’s inner self on the need or not to share one’s story, of weighing potential benefits and risks of this sharing, of readying oneself emotionally for delivering one’s story publicly, of reflecting on how to express it in ways people will understand, of anticipating possible reactions, of plunging in and potentially reliving trauma, or witnessing reactions of disbelief, of anger, or empathy and solidarity, of processing these emotions with or without support.” – Janik Bastien-Charlebois
JOIN US in creating more visibility of the lived experiences of intersex people by sharing your OWN story with the hashtag #MyIntersexStory during Intersex Awareness Weeks (Oct 26 – Nov 8, 2019)
Links of campaign materials, to the campaign website and the download of the book:
Want to learn more about the experiences of intersex people living in Europe in their own voices?
Read our 108-pages strong brochure “#MyIntersexStory – Personal accounts by intersex people living in Europe” with fifteen testimonies by intersex people and their families and with fifteen colourful illustrations by intersex artist and OII Europe staff member Ins A Kromminga. This book also includes a text by intersex scholar and sociology professor Janik Bastien Charlebois “On our own terms and in our own words”: The value of first-person accounts of intersex experience.