The event explored what it means to be ‘Intersex’ and saw a preview of BBC documentary ‘The Intersex Diaries’, which follows Intersex campaigner and organiser of the event, Anick, through a year of major surgeries and self-acceptance.
There was also a panel discussion where speakers then shared their stories and experience on what it is like to exist beyond the binary and how guests can become allies. Speakers and attendees were then invited to network.
Panelists attending included documentary photographer and non-fiction storyteller, Magda Rakita, Valentino Vecchietti, an intersex human rights consultant, activist, writer and public speaker, Abigail Tartellin, award-winning author of three novels, including Golden Boy, a coming of age novel about an intersex teenager, Anick, University of Westminster Law graduate and presenter The Intersex Diaries and founder of Intersex Advocates and Friends, and Lui Asquith, Lawyer for Mermaids Charity and Vice Chair of the Amnesty International UK LGBTI Network, who chaired the panel.
The event generated positive feedback and overwhelming reactions from the public. One attendee said: “Super interesting event with brilliant speakers... I learnt a lot about how to be an ally to intersex people/people with variations of sex characteristics.”
Another said: “Tonight’s Intersex Awareness Event was awesome! Great speakers, a panel on being an intersex ally, and a preview of Anick's documentary ‘The Intersex Diaries' which is going to be all kinds of amazing!”