Georgia Andrews - Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand

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[00:00:00] Chiara My name is Giorgia Andrews. I am the chairperson of intersex awareness, New Zealand and project management a six year old hirola. Both roles are based here in Wellington. I was diagnosed with an intersex variation when I was 16 years old and two six is an umbrella term to describe people born with variations of six characteristics which don't clearly fit the binary definition of a male or female body. When I was diagnosed, I was told by my doctors not to tell anybody in my family were told to keep it a secret. I realized much later in my journey that doctors had actually kicked my enter 60s results from me and had Nolen longer than I had but I was under six. So I lived many years and shame with the idea in my head from doctors that if I told anyone about my diagnosis that I would become a Radical flagwaving activist and will be asked by the local community. I was also told that if I moved back into the local area, I would become depressed. And so this is when I was at boarding school. So I've thought that I would never be able to return to a life of my family. That was very hard concepts to hold. But the most difficult thing was I was told I would never meet anyone else like me that I was the only person in the world like me who was under six. So I was lost, I felt alienated and I thought, What am I going to do to change this, I was holding anger and I couldn't carry the anger anymore. I reached out to international entities networks, and it took four years before I connected with my first and to 6% here in Altera, and that was through connections in America. So that was back in 2000, starting my journey in 2009. As we move forward 10 years to 2019, and look at things that have shifted and the things that have stayed the same, there is still a huge amount of shame and secrecy around under six bodies and not only under six bodies, but the identities of those people that don't sit and hetero normative framework of male and female straight identity. For me, as a lesbian woman, I also hold a narrative of being intersex and lesbian. And that has many challenges and exciting thing in 2019 as the development that has happened across international entities networks, specifically in terms of the outreach that our young people have to community in 2009. If I was to search and to six online, I'd be lucky if I got four or five search results. Now you'll get 20,000 search results. So things are shifting, but on the negative side side of things internationally, there is still shame associated with diagnosis and families are told even in 2019, with young infants that they should not share the under six story that they are the only people and there's no community to support them. I feel very privileged to be intersex because I have been able to connect with family all around the world, my under six family. I have six friends, very close friends and every continent of the world, which is amazing. It's allowed me to travel. It has built me into a career where I am able to support young people who are going through trials and tribulations, but showing them that there are positive ways forward when they're told that they sometimes aren't. And that's really fulfilling to see that people don't have to wait to be connected to community they can be proud of the identities as an intersex person or as a member of the LGBTQIA plus and toxic poly community. [00:04:03] I also think that it's really exciting to say, the level of rainbow representation, particularly here at Parliament, I was part of a hosted pool for the alga World Conference. We had people here from well over 100 different countries who were astounded to see not only rainbow flags flying outside parliament, but in peace here proudly saying that they were members of a rainbow community. I think, you know, it's easy to take for granted the privileged position we are here we hold here in altura. We are at in pace able to support us in that way. They are a real inspiration for a year. And I think that our youth movement as the way forward we have youth her inspired to take or 40 of the decision making process. You've heard we're willing to stand up and be Heard. We are able to embrace that diversity as a country and it's something to be honored

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