Youth & I issue 2
This week we are incredibly excited about the launch of YOUth&I volume 2! YOUth&I is an intersex youth anthology that shares the stories and experiences of young intersex people. Founded in 2019, YOUth&I is an Australian-based publication that actively seeks contributions from around the world and welcomes contributions in languages other than English.
YOUth&I seeks to create a space for young intersex people to share their stories in their own words and not be taken out of context or rewritten by endosex (non-intersex) people. A space for intersex voices to be heard in their own right. A chance to educate the people we live with and to connect with others including those who, even if they don’t know the word intersex, might recognise some of these stories and experiences within themselves.
Creating safe spaces in community to share, hear, and hold each other is incredibly important. While the intersex community in Australia is growing, spaces solely for intersex youth have so far been difficult to create and sustain. YOUth&I provides a space for young intersex people in Australia and elsewhere to share, create, be visible, and be valued. It is one answer to the challenges of storytelling in a world that is only just beginning to listen and where sharing can be painful, unsupported, unsafe, and not always clear whether it leads to change. It is also one answer to the challenges of bringing together young intersex people and giving them the opportunity to express the creativity and joy in their lives.
Meet the team
(Left to right)
Gabrielle Niemeyer is the graphic designer of YOUth&I. Gaby is an intersex visual artist, graphic designer and curator based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Gaby uses her art to communicate her intersex identity and bring awareness to those who view her work.
Georgia Andrews is the stakeholder manager of YOUth&I. Georgia lives in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand and is an active youth advocate with a passion for connecting intersex youth and families to supportive communities.
Steph Lum is the founder and editor-in-chief of YOUth&I. Steph is an intersex advocate and poet from Wurundjeri land (Melbourne) and Ngunnawal and Ngambri land (Canberra), Australia. Steph believes strongly in youth intersex voices and founded YOUth&I in order to help establish a platform for young creatives to share and be visible.
This Thursday YOUth&I issue 2 launch!
You are invited to the online launch of YOUth&I Issue 2 this Thursday on ZOOM at 6pm AEDT. Tickets available through Humanitix here.
The existence and experiences of intersex people are still poorly understood. Issue 2's theme ‘It’s their turn to listen’ is directed at challenging the silencing of intersex people.
Come along to hear readings from contributors and join us in celebrating this next issue. It's bound to be a dynamic and exciting evening. Issue 1 was a blast so we've all got our tickets for this issue!
“I thought that becoming pregnant, if even possible, was going to be a complicated procedure and I disliked the thought of taking even more hormonal treatments than what I used to take. In the past I had stopped taking hormones several times despite doctors’ disapproval since they didn’t make me feel good. So, you can imagine my surprise at finding out I was pregnant.”
'My experience of being intersex and pregnant' - Sam, YOUth&I Issue 2
Previous issue and more information
Each issue is available in a free PDF format with some options available to purchase print copies. All proceeds go back into YOU&I and hopefully an Issue 3! You can access the previous issue as well as well as read more about the project on YOUth&I's brand new website. One of the most exciting things about working with IHRA is being able to get involved with unique projects like this that encapsulate all we love about our community. This is a great opportunity to hear something fresh from new and exciting voices. So however you get involved this week, please enjoy YOUth&I.
We resume our usual content here next mailing. Until then please take care of yourselves and each other. There's bound to be a little more excitement to squeeze out of the year.
-- Morgan, Cody, and Clare.