Awakening Our Diversity
Title: David Cameron Strachan Intersex Audio-Visual Materials,
Date (inclusive): 1997-2012
Collection Identifier: GLC 54
Creator: Strachan, David Cameron
Physical Description: 2 sound cassettes, 25 videocassettes, 12 videodiscs, 1 poster. (1.0 cubic foot)

Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library

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San Francisco, CA, 94102
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David Iris Cameron Strachan is a retired intersex advocate whose life experience living with XXY has helped him educate others about body type variations and difference. He has written papers and given lectures as “David Cameron” and served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s LGBT Advisory Committee, 2003-2006, being the founding member of their Intersex Task Force. Strachan also served on the San Francisco Transgender Civil Rights Implementation Task Force.

The collection documents gender and intersex issues addressed on talk shows, at San Francisco government meetings, and in motion pictures. It includes interviews with David Cameron Strachan and others.


Perhaps you are a parent of an XXY child and seeking answers to some puzzling questions, or perhaps the child is having a difficult time with Testosterone and you are trying to understand why. From the experiences of XXY’s who contribute here, we hope you will gain a greater insight toward the impact Testosterone can have on an XXY body and in the process come to realise hormones are not the be all and end all, that better outcomes are possible when the child is fully informed of what is expected of them. Additionally, we hope your overall experience with us will be positive and that you will take this with you and share amongst others.

Perhaps you are an XXY Adult who has been using Testosterone for many years, and you like the impact its had on your overall self, you might well describe it as the missing piece of the jigsaw and wish you had been able to access it much earlier than what you did, as, to your mind it may have offset identity and social issues you had to the point of diagnoses and your subsequent access to it.

Perhaps you are an XXY Adult who found Testosterone unsettling that it turned your life inside out and upside down, and that your doctor didn’t understand your rejection of it. Perhaps as a consequence of Testosterone, it exposed you to Gender Dysphoria and support networks you had in place to that point were totally useless in terms of understanding and support. Perhaps you were able to seek out newer networks and things are better now, or perhaps you didn’t and life is not what you would like it to be.

Perhaps you are an XXY Adult who through using Testosterone have come to reject a Male identity but, do not see yourself as Female either, perhaps Gender Queer, Non-Binary, perhaps you are still searching.

Or perhaps you are simply curious about XXY or might know of someone who is and you would like to better support that person. Perhaps you might believe yourself to be XXY.

Whatever the reason that brought you here, we hope the experience will be one of enlightenment and make you realise the broad spectrum of life that being XXY entails, that every person regardless of how they see or live their life is more than worthy of that existence and that all any of us can and should do, is live our lives to the best of our abilities wherever that should lead us.

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As a community, we have long been bewildered by the lack of insight as to what being 47XXY entails and in its place, find ourselves at the mercy of pathological directives that are totally unbecoming of our biological selves. The impact serves to accentuate the difficulties many have with adhering to such standardised treatments and… Read More

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Some fascinating and one would have to believe, truthful answers to what might otherwise be perceived as uncomfortable questions surrounding the Psychosexual experiences of XXY’s. Too often missing from conversations around XXY virilisation and in more recent times an urgency to get with the program in infancy is the impact of potent sex defining hormones… Read More

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Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN The Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe commissioned this study to identify potential areas of heightened concern for the rights of children that may be unfavourably affected by scientific advances and uncertainties in biomedicine. This report is the result of that study. It provides substantive illustrations of the diversity of… Read More

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AXYS (in particular) continue to big note just one research article that fits with their outright denial of how XXY children who are subjected to exogenous testosterone either in infancy or as adolescents show any sign of gender dysphoria, that they are simply ‘typical males’ with an extra X chromosome that outside of delaying a… Read More

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Great intro from Morgan, totally unlike the usual virilisation/ testosterone video’s that XXY’s seem compelled to share, Morgan’s approach offers humour where none previously existed it also highlights the realities of subjecting oneself to the standard treatment of Testosterone and how it might make the individual present more male like,though unfortunately for those who identify their… Read More

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Yet another excellent research article from the Danes who above all others really understand our biological makeup. KS patients had a significantly higher level of testosterone than controls, reflecting the fact that the majority of these KS participants were receiving high doses of exogenous testosterone. Similarly, testosterone levels among KS patients receiving testosterone therapy were… Read More

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It should go without saying how all children regardless of they being XXY or not, are born Genderless and, will eventually acquire one as they progress through life. Children are actually born with a Sex as in Male, Female, or Intersex. Unlike Gender (Identity) Sex is innate (Biological) and not something any one of us… Read More

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It is impossible to avoid genes nowadays. The media are crammed with news about genetic engineering, genetic modification, or gene therapy. Yet very rarely does anyone try to explain what these genes are and what they do, or try to reconcile the concept of the gene with those other two bêtes noirs of the jargon-averse:… Read More

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We would like to introduce you to Justin, a long time associate of the XXY community and dear friend to one of our authors here. Like many XXY’s, Justin had a horrendous start to life, where he was heavily medicated for various psychological issues before his eventual diagnoses of XXY and subsequent access to Testosterone… Read More

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