On the evening of Intersex Awareness Day, the Okinaga Room at Wadham College, Oxford University, will host an event presented by Ela Xora. It will feature portraits and words by Dr Jay Hayes Light (UKIA), Joe Holliday, Sara Gillingham, Abi Jay and Suz Temko. They will be joined for additional interviews via Skype.
For Intersex Awareness Day on 26 October, visual and performance artist and intersex activist Ela Xora presents The Mask of Intersex, a discussion and art exhibition which uncovers the banning of intersex art works in Museums, as well as the institutionalised “masking” and abuse of intersex people and their bodies in Western culture, from ancient Greece and Rome, to the modern day.
Intersex people starring in Xora’s “Intersex Superstars” portrait series, who will be speaking at the event, include:
– Dr Jay Hayes Light, visiting lecturer at Wadham and director of UK Intersex Association;
– Joe Holliday, best selling author who was supported by Princess Diana before her death;
– Sara Gillingham, sibling of Olympic athlete and sports presenter Martin Gillingham;
– Abi Jay, head bra fitter at Marks and Spencers;
– Suz Temko, intersex advocate, founder of XYSuZ.
Several intersex people around the world will be interviewed on Skype, including:
– Hida Viloria, best-selling author and intersex activist;
– Seven Graham, comedian, creator of ‘Angels are Intersex’, Indy on Sunday’s most influential intersex person in UK last year;
– Phoebe Hart, acclaimed intersex documentary maker;
– Pidgeon Pagonis, TV star, activist, academic, writer and artist.
The event will also feature the premiere of a new intersex history film created by Xora and narrated by her muse, Stephen Fry.
The Okinaga Room has accessible entrance, and there are disabled and gender-neutral toilets nearby. Please get in touch with our Facebook page if you have any questions!
Hosted by the trans rep of the Oxford LGBTQ+ Campaign
Date and time: Thursday, October 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Okinaga Room, Wadham College