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A Blessing for Intersex Awareness Day

a yellow heart on a purple background with yellow text on the bottom that reads "October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day"

By Jade Sylvan

Intersex Awareness Day marks the anniversary of a public demonstration by intersex people and their allies at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics on October 26th, 1996, at which they condemned nonconsensual surgeries on intersex people. We uplift the work of these activists, and we side with continued efforts to raise awareness and agency for all intersex people.

As Unitarian Universalists, we decry any medical practice that performs unwanted and unnecessary procedures on intersex children and adults. We believe that the body is sacred, and bodily autonomy is a human right. We will continue to work until everyone has access to this right. May all of our intersex siblings feel supported, empowered, and cherished. 

An Intersex Awareness Day Blessing 

May you know your body as home. 

Each curve, each angle,

each organ, each chromosome. 

Know that no one can tell you who you are;

no doctors, no paperwork,

no state-issued identification.

Their limited constructs are not you.

The Universe has made you perfectly. 

If your wholeness challenges others, 

let them grow and evolve 

to receive your truth.

Your body is its own wisdom,

whole and holy, blessed and beautiful. 

Blessed be.

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About the Author

Jade Sylvan

Jade is a 2nd-year Mdiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a UUA Aspirant. Before pursuing their call to ministry, Jade found fulfillment and success as a writer, producer, performing artist, and teacher. Jade is the author of Kissing Oscar Wilde (2013 Write Bloody Publishing)...


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