We are excited to invite you to save the date for our fifth installment of the ISGMH “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis! This talk is entitled “Intersex Stories, Not Surgeries” and will be on Wednesday, July 19th from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400.
Pidgeon (Chicago, IL) is an intersex activist, educator, and filmmaker. They are a leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without consent to make bodies conform to binary sex stereotypes.
Pidgeon has a decade’s worth of experience giving talks and facilitating intersex workshops around the globe. In 2015, they received the LGBT Champion of Change Award from the White House. They can be seen on the cover of National Geographic’s January issue titled, Gender Revolution. This past Spring, they instructed Introduction to LGBTQI Studies at DePaul University.
‘Intersex Stories, Not Surgeries’ encourages participants to grapple with the ways in which the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC) has consistently forgotten the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath – First Do No Harm – when it comes to marginalized communities. While the MIC’s history is tattered with ableism, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia—this presentation will specifically highlight the ways in which it has violated intersex people’s human rights. For over a century, intersex people have had no voice in their medical “care” and “treatment”, which has lead to dire consequences. Key events throughout intersex history will be introduced to help participants understand why intersex activists across the globe have united to demand intersex bodily autonomy and justice.
Read more about Pidgeon and their activism on their website: http://www.pidgeonismy.name/