Alicia Roth Weigel

I have a tattoo of orchids on my shoulder, because they’re the symbol of a movement I’m part of because, oh, yeah I was born intersex.

We are a proud team here at Deeds Not Words. This past Sunday, our very own Alicia Roth Weigel gave an amazing speech at #SXSW that we're still trying to get over. Alicia took the stage and delivered an inspiring and emotional story about her experiences as an intersex individual and the institutional ways in which the intersex community is marginalized. 

Here's a sneak peak at her remarks: 

"My name’s Alicia. I’m named after a hurricane that hit Houston in the early 80s (so you should have an idea of what you’re in for…) but I’m originally from Philadelphia. I live in Austin. I am a runner. I love to dance, especially to reggaeton. Soup dumplings are probably my favorite food, and raisins are definitely my least favorite… they’re weird and shriveled. I have a tattoo of orchids on my shoulder, because they’re the symbol of a movement I’m part of because, oh, yeah I was born intersex.

Those are all parts of me, all aspects of my humanity and my existence. I don’t find any of them to be a threat to y’all’s existence… but doctors and society have deemed that last descriptor, the intersex one, “not ok”…

SO not ok, in fact, that they operated on me as a kid to remove certain organs that they didn’t deem “normal”. They tried to surgically remove that aspect of my humanity. Unfortunately they didn’t know it wasn’t that easy to take from me."

Read the rest of Alicia's story here.