Standing at the Intersections: Navigating Life as a Black Intersex Man

Sean Saifa Wall

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As I sit down to write this narrative, my mind is reflecting on the past year. This year has seen numerous protests against state–sanctioned violence with the declaration that “Black Lives Matter”. As a Black intersex man, I have witnessed the impact of state–sanctioned violence on my family and my community, both from the police state and medical community. I charge the police state and the medical community with state– sanctioned violence: Each targets non–normative bodies—the former through incarceration and execution, and the latter by means of surgical and hormonal intervention. As a Black intersex man, I stand at the intersection bearing witness to how this violence has incarcerated my friends and loved ones as well as being subjected to medically unnecessary surgical intervention. Although this is where I stand now, both socially and politically, I have not always existed here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
JournalNarrative inquiry in bioethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


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