Understanding Intersex and the Moral Imperative of Self-Determination
Build the Future
Judi Herring, MD and Anunnaki Ray, Gender/Intersex Activist: Educator, Writer and Speaker
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 22 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Salon A

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to hear an intersex person’s story, and learn key intersex basics including history, biology, types, and statistics. The session will also explore the critical concepts of sex, gender and sexual orientation that establish the distinction between intersex and transgender individuals. Importantly, the discussion will focus on self-determination: a basic human right and bridge-building concept that can amplify intersectionality in social justice work. Participants will have the chance to examine the power of language to influence outcomes and mindset using the example of the stakes associated with an organization’s decision to add an “I” to LGBT.

Presenter Bios

Judi Herring, MD, is a champion for self-determination and bodily autonomy who has dedicated her life and career to amplifying the voices of vulnerable individuals who live on the margins of influence. Among the variety of capabilities that have advanced and guided her work along the way, the most significant is her skill as a listening leader. In October 2014, Dr. Herring delivered a TEDx Jacksonville talk, Genderbound: lessons from the world between (available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZkcGZrupEo). The talk, which describes the complexities of gender and sex development, struck a cultural nerve with diverse groups and continues to serve as a valuable educational resource for those who are unaware of the intricacies and biological variety involved in sex and gender development. Dr. Herring blogs at Shifting Parallax (www.judiherring.com)  and also shares perspectives and information on a Facebook page and via Twitter.

Anunnaki Ray is a survivor, a parent, a spouse, a musician, a performer, an artist — and a person born intersex. While Mx. Ray’s social activism focuses on guaranteeing the right to bodily autonomy and to express one's true gender, their tireless work advances every person’s basic human right to self-determination. Through personal narrative and education, Mx. Ray transforms their lifelong pain into an opportunity to change culture, so that others may experience wholeness, which is a basic human right in a socially just world. A messenger driven by compassion and love, Mx. Ray blogs for a readership that spans 151 countries and touches the lives of intersex, gender non-conforming, and transgender children who have no voice and are being harmed. Mx. Ray is growing a worldwide community of messengers and calls on you to join them and help change the world. Connect with Anunnaki Ray and learn more at www.anunnakiray.com.                                 

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