Pidgeon Pagonis is an intersex artist, activist and former communications & operations manager and youth leadership coordinator for interACT youth—the world’s first intersex youth project. Pidgeon has over ten years experience researching, advocating and educating a wide range of audiences about the intersex movement for bodily autonomy and justice. They’ve recently been published in the academic journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and were awarded by the White House as an LGBT Champion of Change.
Based in Chicago, Pidgeon holds a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University. In 2014, Pidgeon created a documentary titled, The Son I Never Had, that explores the intricacies of what it’s like to grow up intersex. Their film sheds light on their individual intersex experience by weaving narration, recorded conversations, and medical records.
Pidgeon believes the human rights abuses performed by the Medical Industrial Complex, to reinforce the sex and gender binary, are the movement’s key roadblocks. In response, their current work—shared via presentations, workshops and social media—gives participants the tools needed to deconstruct those roadblocks.
Pidgeon is committed to fostering an intersex liberation movement that doesn’t succeed at the expense of other movements.
Over the past five years, Pidgeon has collaborated with an international network of intersex activists and has provided presentations, film screenings and testimony on intersex human rights throughout the world.
Last year, they launched the first global twitterstorm on Intersex Awareness Day marked by thousands of people connecting and sharing their #intersexstories. In May 2016, their photo series CMHK, and film, was included in Carlos Motta’s exhibition Beloved Martina… in Toronto.
Pidgeon has been featured in the documentary Intersexion, and on Buzzfeed, Al Jazeera, AP, HuffPo, CNN, & NBC Out. This fall, they’ll portray an intersex character, based on their life, on Amazon’s Transparent.
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Location: Chicago, IL