Justin Tsang (he/they) is an Urban Planner by day and an intersex activist and disability advocate by night. Since 2018, he has been involved in disability advocacy in various settings, including the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), and Youth Organizing, Disabled and Proud. Justin currently serves as Research Director for the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative (AADI) and a Community Partner for the San Francisco-based disability housing nonprofit, The Kelsey, where he participated in the Rise Justice Labs 2021 cohort to develop a federal bill to expand affordable, accessible, and inclusive housing nationwide. His work in Rise Justice Labs, guided by Amanda Nguyen’s blueprint for Social Change, inspired him to do cross-intersectional work on addressing pressing societal issues, including those that impact the intersex community. His intersectional identities being Asian American, intersex, and disabled has led him to become a rising leader for the intersex community since 2021. His work has been featured in Forbes, NBC News, AsAm News, and he has previously spoken at the 2021 White House Intersex Awareness Day Roundtable on intersex policy.
Niki Khanna MA, MFT (she/her) is a psychotherapist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, She focuses on working within the Queer, Trans and Intersex communities. She is also a certified Sexual Health Educator and has spent over 20 years working in a variety of Sex Education and Relationship educational settings. She identifies as a Femme, Intersex, and POC. She is passionate about finding ways to use the skills she has developed to contribute to the Intersex community. She has provided workshops and mental health support to InterConnect, an intersex support group as well as serving as a Mental Health Consultant to interACT, the largest intersex youth advocacy organization in the US. She is currently board Co-President of interACT. Her current projects are developing practical training modules for mental health providers working with intersex clients and their families.
Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez (he/they) is an intersex survivor. He emancipated his true gender identity, after psychic mutilation, in 2014. In 2015, as an intersex, gay, trans man, Anunnaki came out as a Gender/Intersex Activist and an LGBTQIA+ visionary by adding the “I” to LGBTQ with his blog. In 2018, he received Colorado’s first intersex birth certificate. Soon after creating his restitution with his birth certificate TEDx Jacksonville offered its platform for his educational talk, Born Intersex: we are human! Found on YouTube. He is known for arriving twice at PFLAG National conferences by teaching how to add the “I” with responsibility and being featured in the documentary: “Stories of Intersex and Faith.” With the organization Intersex and Faith, one of his most prideful times was when he got to educate the medical students at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is working on his Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He believes that if we can normalize intersex people’s existence and end the conflation of sex traits with gender identity, we can finally end the human rights violations of intersex children. As an Interfaith person, he now works toward changing hearts and educating people in all religions.
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Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru (she/her), an immigrant from Zimbabwe. She is an asylum seeker, intersex advocate, an actress and story teller . She is the founder of True Identity, the first intersex organization in Zimbabwe that promoted community awareness of intersex issues. In addition to collaborating with Shondaland, writing for The Huffington Post, Vogue, and The Root, Ngwaru is also the subject of the documentary She’s Not a Boy, which earlier this year was an official selection at Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.
Nick Manchester (he/they) is a Native Intersex activist who also happens to be non-binary, transgender and gay. He’s a published author who writes on the intricacies of how the Doctrine of Discovery and colonization orchestrate today’s gender disaster.
His work can be found in books such as Otherwise Christian 2 & 3 and The Spectrum of Sex.
Pablo Neira (he/they) My Name is Pablo Neira, and I was born in the year 1977 in the city of Santiago Chile. When I was born my mother didn’t say it’s a boy or a girl, instead she said what is that? I am a Native of Chile, and at the time, medical treatment was below standards as the country was recovering from the Civil War. With my two brothers, I would later be taken from my parents, and then be subjected to corrective sex surgeries to make my genitals more acceptable. In short, I was born a 48XXYY hermaphrodite and then surgically changed into “he”, a boy. My body produces a lot of estrogens, and for a long time, I have struggled with how people see me because I didn’t pass as a boy at all. However, my birth certificate says masculine. This variation has come with many health and mental challenges. I am deaf, use walking aids, and a wheelchair. I am currently a successful full-time student in college and have become an intersex educator. I can now embrace my body as it is, and through my digital art advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues.