THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE PERSONAL ACCOUNTS IN #MyIntersexStory
The stories told by intersex people about their lived experiences can be hard to read, can be triggering, and they often are not happy stories.
But one thing they all have in common: They are being told by people who survived misfortunes and mistreatments, who found the strength to write their story down, and share insight of how being intersex has shaped their life.
For most of the drawings I decided to have the person look directly and proudly at the reader of this brochure. All of them can be interchangeable with anyone – as intersex people are found everywhere, we look the same as everyone, have as many diverse identities, sexual orientations and interests as the rest of the folks in our societies. Some images are inspired by segments or details of these testimonials, but they do not want to represent one individual or one specific experience. The images want to empower by emphasizing the strength and resilience of intersex people, for example through vivid colours and bold outlines.
In combining the texts with images this brochure provides an additional non-textual layer of reflection, rest, and stimulus. Telling our stories is an emotional endeavour, can be a challenge, and definitely is a huge step out of invisibility. Deciding on what and how much we want to share with the world is part of reclaiming dignity, integrity, autonomy in our lives, our human rights, and it’s also about recognizing beauty in our lives.