I curate The Interface Project (interfaceproject.org).
"Indeed, there are almost as many terms for “intersex” as there are intersex people. This abundance of terminology is a tendency we share with many marginalized communities: Language is political because it is personal, and therefore, important."
"Actual Intersex People – people born with variations of sex anatomy or differences of sex development – are no one’s cartoonish conception of the romantic and liminal representation of gender plasticity, or cherubs torn between worlds, or fantastically tragic and tortured circus performers, etc."
"The right to self-determination and bodily autonomy has always been a political goal of the intersex community."
“I’ll get to talk to little hermaphrodites running around, I’ll get to hold them in my arms,” Ambrose says, choking up, in “XXXY.” “I’ll get to tell them — I’ll get to tell their parents how wonderful their children are.” - Jim Ambrose
Performed and recorded live on March 21, 2013 at "Tell Us Something" in Missoula, Montana.
"On May 14, 2013 Advocates for Informed Choice and Southern Poverty Law Center ran a press release announcing the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of a child who was harmed unthinkably, and beyond repair, by a group of adults employed by the state of South Carolina."
"If Soulsville: A Benefit for The Interface Project could have happened anywhere else in the world it would have already. August 2, 2013 saw the community of Missoula, Montana fill the 300-seat MCT Center for the Performing Arts to enjoy some classic soul music, support a local nonprofit, and witness the first celebrity to ever speak publicly in defense of an Intersex person’s right to self-determination."
"As brave as these individuals were, their appeals for reason and restraint went largely unheard by the medical community."
"Almost immediately, I felt a difference. It's like when a hunter is walking slowly through the woods and he steps on a branch and it cracks and the deer pops its head up to see what's going on. What? What was that? My body was telling me, 'Hey, this shit is good. Let's do this. We're into this.' " - Jim Ambrose
"People ask me why I do this work, and my reply stated simply is because I was born with a body that frightened my parents. I was forced to endure damaging normalizing procedures. I want to see tomorrow’s generation grow up as they are with all futures possible and their bodies untouched by the prejudices I ran into as an infant."