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Unspoken is a collection of memories from intersex people in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. These stories and drawings reflect on singular moments held across numerous lifetimes.
Intersex people, or people born with variations in sex characteristics, grow up with bodies and experiences beyond the norms, often unknown or misunderstood. Shame and stigma about intersex variations have kept many intersex people from speaking out, reinforced by doctors and families who have told intersex people there is no one else like them and not to speak about their bodies.
Despite this, in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, intersex people have increasingly found each other to connect through shared difference. Over two Intersex Peer Support Australia retreats held on Dja Dja Wurrung land/Kingston, Victoria and Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2017, intersex people came together to share moments in their lives that stayed with them-moments that changed them-and have now been brought together in Unspoken.
Editor: Steph Lum
Paperback Published November 2023 66 pages