For today’s episode, we continue the conversation that we started with Dr. Lourdes Dolores Follins about LBGTQI issues in the black community, but we focus explicitly on the intersex community. We interview Sean Saifa Wall, an intersex activist, collage artist and public health researcher based in Atlanta GA. Better known as Saifa, he uses his voice as a platform to advocate for intersex children and adults, black people, queer people, and other marginalized communities. We begin by having a conversation about Saifa’s background and journey as an intersex activist (28:45), what it means to be intersex (33:10), and Saifa’s transition from daughter to son (37:30). We then discuss the medical trauma that intersex children face in a binary world (43:13) and how parents can act in the best interest of their intersex children (47:40). We also discuss myths and misconceptions about the intersex community (55:15), challenges that intersex individuals face (1:00:08), Saifa’s work with the Intersex Justice Project (1:03:15), appropriate ways to discuss and engage with intersex issues (1:10:00), and how to become involved in intersex advocacy (1:13:10).
Other Topics Include
00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne
4:11 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News
27:30 - Introduction of the Topic
1:15:22 - Addressing Intersex Issues in the Black Community
1:22:18 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview