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House of Other with Ashley Kelsch | Destigmatizing Intersex with Alicia Roth Weigel

Ep #5

Destigmatizing Intersex with Alicia Roth Weigel

We live in a society that forces people that don’t fit into a certain mold into one because people like neat boxes and categories. But there is a broad, natural variation of ways to be human, and sometimes we don’t fit the mold dictated to us. Being intersex is still generally stigmatized, and we need to change that narrative and normalize talking about it.

I am thrilled to welcome this week’s guest to the show, and I know you are going to learn so much from her. Alicia Roth Weigel is a Forbes and New York Times published change agent who is working to improve the political and social landscape for marginalized populations in the South and worldwide through her firm Intrepida Strategy, LLC. She is an intersex activist and intersectionality advocate and she joins us this week to talk more about her experience of being intersex.

In this episode, hear Alicia’s experience of being intersex, how her childhood and the rest of her life has been affected by this, and what we can do as allies to support the intersex community. Hear Alicia’s advice to parents and caregivers of intersex children or intersex children who are unsure of how to have the conversation and some incredible resources available to intersex people.

What You Will Discover:

  • What intersex is.
  • The problem with using the term “disorder” and why it is stigmatizing the experiences of people.
  • Why we need to question medical systems like we do any other systems.
  • Some of the terrible experiences faced by intersex children in today’s society.
  • What it was like for Alicia’s parents to receive the information about her being intersex.
  • Some fascinating statistics about intersex.
  • Why we need to make society more accepting of diverse bodies.

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