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Too Cute to be Binary: A Screening and Conversation with Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis

Date: 3:30pm PST February 20 Location: Miller Hall 105

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    Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis

Miller Hall 105

Too Cute to be Binary: A Screening and Conversation with Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis 

Tuesday, Feb 20th at 3:30 p.m.

Miller 105 

Pidgeon (Chicago, IL) is an intersex activist, educator, and filmmaker. They are a leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without consent to make bodies conform to binary sex stereotypes. Their writing has been featured in Everyday Feminism and scholarly journals such as Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics and the Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity. They have also raised intersex awareness in Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, CNN, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. 

In 2015, they launched a worldwide #intersexstories twitterstorm on Intersex Awareness Day. That same year, they were among 9 LGBTQ Artists honored with a Champion of Change Award from the Obama White House. In 2016, they were featured on the cover of National Geographic’s January issue titled Gender Revolution, launched an intersex-resource YouTube channel, co-founded the group Intersex People of Color for Justice (IPOCJ), introduced an intersex and non-binary art and clothing line, and also made a cameo on Amazon’s Transparent.

In 2017, their short documentary The Son I Never Had premiered at Outfest and won a jury award at NCGLFF.


Sponsored by Gender Studies, FSU (Feminist Studies Union) and IME (Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement)


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