For most of my life, when i have come across injustice, i have first of all got angry – and then done what i can to help make things better.
Sometimes that may have been less appropriate than i thought it was. Because for most of my life i’ve had, outwardly at least, much of the privilege of a cis male. I’ve seen stuff from the outside: i’ve not experienced it from within.
So, in my Young Liberal days, i campaigned for gay rights, despite not being remotely gay. We-ell, apart from a couple of teen crushes on two exceedingly femme guys. 🙂 I also campaigned against…racism, sexism, fascism…you name it: if there was a nasty -ism in town, i was against it.
Discovering my trans-ness has changed a lot: i’m now part of a minority (in some quarters, a very much despised minority) and though there is something beautiful in finally coming home, its not without its problems.
It also comes with realisation that whilst those outside can help, it is only those on the inside who can truly appreciate the horror of how the world treats them.
So it is with some trepidation that i now raise a flag (and a muffled cheer) for the intersex cause. There is still much to be done on the Gay and Lesbian front: even more for those in the trans community. But for sheer horror at the way society treats individuals with callous disrespect…intersex does seem to be a thoroughly deserving place to do a little stirring.
That said, i get the point about being outside as opposed to in. I’ve spoken to some activists in OII (one of the principal organisations taking up this issue internationally) and i’ve set up a Facebook Group – Intersex UK (sign up if you are interested) – which is a first step to listening to people affected.
If people see me as too much the outsider, OK. I’ll step away.
Otherwise, I have skills when it comes to campaigning and… I don’t have a personal agenda here beyond placing those skills at the disposal of people who need them.
Talk to me!