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Gendered Intelligence: Life Drawing Project for Trans & Intersex People - All travel expenses refunded!
Are you a trans or intersex person of any age (over 16) who would like to be involved in an exciting new life drawing project?
Gendered Intelligence has been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Wellcome Trust for“GI’s Anatomy”- a series of practical life drawing workshops with transgender and intersex participants exploring the science of non-normative sexed and gendered bodies through art.
The project will include:
- A series of life drawing workshops drawing trans and intersex life models (no prior artistic experience necessary)
- Presentations fromprofessionals on medical practice around sex and gender, including Mr Nim Christopher (phalloplasty surgeon) and Dr Polly Carmichael (specialist in gender identity development and disorders of sex development (DSD))
- Group discussions around thescience of non-normative sexed and gendered bodies
- Visits togalleries / art exhibitionsto inspire our work
The work produced on the project will then be showcased at a number of exhibitions and online via social media.
We’re looking for two groups of people to participate:
- 15 young trans and/or intersex people aged between 16-25
- 15 trans and/or intersex people aged 26 and over
Sessions will run on 9th February, 16th February, 2nd March and 16th March in London. Participants should be available to attend most/all sessions.
We can refund your full travel costs to London to attend the sessions. (UK only).
If you would like to participate, please fill in this application form. Places may fill up quickly - get in touch with us ASAP if you want to take part!
Don’t forget to apply if you want to get involved!
tw: racism/gaycism, anti-intersex
Despite taking a month-long break for the holiday on December 14, Uganda’s Parliament will once again consider the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” when it reconvenes in 2013.
As it stands, the so-called Kill The Gays bill would prescribe the death penalty for LGBT Ugandans, “repeat offenders,” anyone who has same-sex relations with a minor, with someone who is mentally handicapped, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The bill demands long prison terms for those spared capital punishment, and requires friends, family, and neighbors to report any “known homosexuals” to authorities or face jail time themselves.
But despite potential passage of the Kill The Gays bill and a hostile environment stoked to an ideological inferno by American Evangelicals proselytizing in Eastern Africa, Ugandan LGBTI people have a simple message: We are here. We are Ugandan. We will not be silenced.
Click the header link above to read the full article and view the photos.
Meet my friend koomah! On the freshly edited and updated intersex page from the gender book.
A person who is intersex could have some of both sets of sexual organs, differently developed sexual organs, unique sex chromosomes, and/or unexpected levels of hormones for someone of their body type. There are lots of things a doctor might look at to label someone intersex, and many folks are inersex without even knowing it. Let’s learn more.
“Hi, my name is Koomah! I am an artist and an educator. I want to tell you that Intersex people are just normal people! We aren’t deformed and are not defective. These bodies aren’t shameful. These bodies deserve the same respect as anyone else. They’re not scary, they’re just different, and that’s okay.”
This is the Quigley Scale… this makes radscums’ heads explode. As you can see, the boundary between “penis” and “vagina” is not as clean cut as radscums (and for that matter, cissexist society as a whole) makes it out to be. Radscums, when should you start using the mens’ room? Number 3? Number 4? I should point out that the Quigley scale applies only to androgen insensitivity syndrome. There are plenty of other intersex conditions out there that can produce totally different genital arrangments.
[Image description: a diagram scale showing various kinds of genitals. Number one shows what most people would refer to as a penis and scrotum. Number two shows a penis with a slit running on the underside, and a scrotum. Number 3 shows a small penis/large clitoris and a scrotum/labia majora (looks a bit closer to a scrotum). Number 4 shows a smaller penis/clitoris with a scrotum/labia majora (looks a bit closer to labia majora). Number 5 shows a vulva with a somewhat large clitoris. Numbers 6 and 7 show what most people would call a vulva with a “normal” sized clitoris.]
i love making cissexists minds spin by explaining intersex stuff.
LGBTQ* “I” Have A Voice Too
What is intersex?
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn’t always show up at birth. Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing.
What does this mean? Intersex is a socially constructed category that reflects real biological variation.
(Text from Intersex North America)
(Picture Idea from W.I.S.H.)
A typical French bulldog (not an intersex one)
Bijou is an intersex 18-month-old French bulldog with both a huge clitoris and penile bone, and her condition is making her something of a medical marvel in Canada.
Bijou has two X chromosomes and is genetically female, even though she has deteriorated testicles and the penile bone. Intersex dogs, and other mammals such as people, have some genitalia of both sexes but are genetically one sex or the other. However, most intersex people and animals also carry something called the SRY gene, which develops testes — Bijou doesn’t have the SRY gene.
Read more about Bijou here.
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