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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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.

Welcome

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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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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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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In the lead up to Intersex Awareness Day, we’ve been asking XXY’s to share what it is they would like a broader society to know about them, here are some of those responses. If you would like to have your say and be included you can do so by contacting us either  via our Facebook… Read More

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With a head on their shoulders several light years from a child of a similar age inclusive of XX or XY, how they got there becomes easy to comprehend when you consider what they have been through which is not something most kids of Ori’s age would ever experience. Thankfully Ori’s Mum was totally on… Read More

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If you’ve given any thought as to why the juggernaut of Virilisation continues unabated especially amongst a sex chromosome variant population like XXY, even though adults who have long been exposed have either never experienced the full impact or worse have experienced undesirable effects many of which have been a detriment to physical and mental… Read More

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An Interview with Professor Malcolm Ferguson-Smith who is is Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Cambridge. He graduated in medicine at Glasgow University in 1955 and, while undertaking postgraduate training there in pathology, was introduced to research on sex chromatin under Bernard Lennox. An interest in Klinefelter’s syndrome in 1957 to 1958 led to his appointment as… Read More

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