Are you an intersex person based in Aotearoa?
An annual event celebrated in many countries around the world, Pink Shirt Day encourages people to talk about bullying and take action against it. On Pink Shirt Day, Friday 23 May 2014, we ask New Zealanders to Speak up. Stand together. Stop bullying.
Pink Shirt Day began in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. A group of students decided to defend a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and Pink Shirt Day was born. By wearing a pink shirt, people identify themselves as an ally.
The pink shirt is a way of showing those being bullied that there are many people around who care.
Mani has been out travelling Intersex Awareness on the road visiting the Lands of Ngai Tahu. Braved ice and snow to attend on the 27-29th June NZ Guidance counsellors conference Knox College, Dunedin - ''Tools 4 the C21st" and then Te Roopu Kaiwhariwhiri O Aotearoan Conference "Ages and Stages - Counselling through the Life Span.
Mani gave a key note address called transformations the boy who became the worlds first out queer identified intersex counsellor. A narrated slide show of my life's journey as an intersex person. Wonderful audience response.
Hermaphrodites who don't know it - Mani and Milton Diamond quote from this website article. "People of ambiguous gender are more common than society realizes and many do not even know they blur the line line between male and female, a visiting expert says."