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Intersex Stories, Not Surgeries: An evening with Pidgeon Pagonis
November 30, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Activist, educator and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis will present “Intersex Stories, Not Surgeries,” a talk on violations of intersex people’s human rights. The talk will be on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. in the UWM Student Union Ballroom East.
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. The UN estimates that between 0.05% and 1.7% of the population is born with intersex traits.
“My work is rooted in being born intersex and experiencing irreversible, nonconsensual ‘normalizing’ surgeries,” Pagonis has said. “The 1.7% estimate is similar to the number people with red hair. If you’ve met a redhead, you’ve probably met an intersex person as well.”
In 2015, the White House honored Pagonis was one of nine LGBT Champions of Change. They were featured on the cover of National Geographic’s January 2017 “Gender Revolution” issue. They will discuss key events in intersex history and the ways activists fight for intersex people’s rights.
Please RSVP for the free talk (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersex-stories-not-surgeries-w-pidgeon-pagonis-tickets-39633780705?aff=efbeventtix).
The talk is hosted by UWM’s LGBT Resource Center, Student Association, Inclusive Excellence Center, LGBT Studies program and other campus partners.