Westminster Stories: Emily Quinn and intersex identity

Westminster Stories is a podcast forum dedicated to providing a platform for students to share their unique experiences. These episodes are comprised of selections from a conversation we had with each student, allowing students to tell their stories in their own voices and foster greater honesty and authenticity.

In today’s episode, we sat down with Emily Quinn, a grad student at Westminster who is intersex, a condition where one’s sexual anatomy is ambiguous or does not fit established medical definitions. Despite popular misconceptions, being intersex is not a rarity and can take many forms. The Intersex Society of North America estimates that 1 in every 1500 births is intersex.

Emily talks about what it means to be intersex, the problems with surgical "intervention," intersex advocacy and embracing one’s identity.