After my third suicide attempt, a therapist finally told me that I was not the only one like me in the world. … I finally knew that others existed, and it was a balm for my soul.
Nick Manchester in
OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance
Nick’s makes the connections between gender oppression and the colonization of Native Americans in his chapter of OtherWise Christian 2. Families and doctors are still being taught to treat intersex variations like a dirty secret. Nick helps us to better understand the confusion–and damage–done by such an approach.
I am proud that we have 5 authors with intersex variations in this anthology– and will hopefully be compiling more stories in future volumes.
Nick Manchester is an activist for intersex, disability, and Native/Indigenous equality who is deeply concerned with creating equality within the LGBTQIA community for all, regardless of race, culture, disability, income, or occupation. Nick was nearly 40 before he met another chimera (his particular intersex variation) in person. He says, “It was overwhelming, as it is for so many who finally meet another with their same condition in adulthood.” If you have been told that you are the only one, please reach out. You do not need to be alone.
Join the resistance in support of people with intersex variations! Led by the five intersex authors in OtherWise Christian 2, you can add your own #IntersexAffirming sign on social media. Possible hashtags include:
#NoBodyIsShameful (credit: the Interface Project)
#IntersexStories (credit: Pidgeon Pagonis)
#InterPhobiaIsASin (variation on TransPhobiaIsASin)
We are also using #ClaimYourStory and #ClaimingOurStories to encourage celebration of our stories of faith and resistance.