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Interview in fantastic article in The Advocate about Pulaski being Intersex

Interview in fantastic article in The Advocate about Pulaski being Intersex

 

Thank you to The Advocate for this fantastic article about the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “Was The General A Woman?”, which reveals that General Casimir Pulaski was intersex! Thank you also for the fantastic interview– it actually managed to get in all my main points about the implications of this fantastic news. (Quotes included here below.)

I hadn’t watched the documentary before my interview, so I didn’t know that it also gives focus to the fact that Pulaski was a Polish immigrant who came here seeking freedom–a wonderful pro-immigrant sentiment and reminder that other than Native “American” folks (quotes because they were here before it was America), this has always been a nation of immigrants and they should be welcomed and celebrated today.

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“[Doctors] often insist that babies born like Pulaski are female and recommend cutting their genitals and pumping their bodies with unnecessary hormones to create this femaleness — a practice which would have stolen General Pulaski from America as well as himself!”

Pulaski’s life is further evidence that the trans military ban is a grossly misguided policy that not only robs American citizens from the opportunity to serve, but also robs our country of great soldiers,” Viloria shared.  “Under the current ban, Pulaski’s XX chromosomes would deem him female, which would have excluded him from the military altogether in his own lifetime, and today would allow him to serve only if he were living as a legal female, which we can imagine he might not be, as he was obviously a man.”

“I wish that more people knew that being intersex can be an extraordinarily positive physical, spiritual, and intellectual experience, as it has been for me, when you allow intersex individuals to make our own decisions about our sex traits and our gender identity.”

 

 

 

What Pulaski’s Being Intersex Means for Intersex & Trans People Today

What Pulaski’s Being Intersex Means for Intersex & Trans People Today

I’m deeply honored to have been asked to participate in the Smithsonian Channel documentary, “The General Was Female?”, which examines years of research which conclude that American hero Casimir Pulaski was intersex! As often happens with interviews–and particularly in this case as the focus of the show was historically, not intersex–the more policy related issues… Continue Reading

U.S. Judge Rules in Favor of Nonbinary Passport!

U.S. Judge Rules in Favor of Nonbinary Passport!

  I couldn’t be happier or prouder about this news today, and to have played a role in it! Having a District Court Judge of the United States — where surgeries aimed at erasing intersex people from society originated, over half a century ago– acknowledge our right to be accurately identified as neither male nor female,… Continue Reading

Interesting fact: At approx. 1.7% of the population, Intersex people are as common as red-heads. “Everyone’s met an intersex person, you just may not know you have.”

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