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Sean Saifa Wall

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Nationality  American
Website  saifaemerges.com
Home town  The Bronx, New York
Alma mater  Williams College
Occupation  Intersex activist and researcher
Known for  Intersex and HIV advocacy
Residence  Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Sean Saifa Wall is a black intersex man, advocate for intersex rights and former president of Interact Advocates for Intersex Youth. He is widely published, and works in intersex and HIV advocacy, and social documentary.

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Early life and career

Sean Saifa Wall has described growing up in the Bronx in the 1980s a family with other intersex members. In an interview by Pidgeon Pagonis, he describes how an uncle of his was forced to sleep outside on the porch of his hospital after a surgery, and how his intersex and black identities are inseparable. Drawing parallels, Wall has stated, "Although seemingly different subjects, they share the same common denominator, state-sponsored violence against marginalized individuals". Diagnosed with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome, he was subjected to a gonadectomy at age 13, necessitating lifelong hormone replacement therapy.

Wall volunteered for Gay Men's Health Crisis at age 14, prior to studying at Williams College. He later travelled to Cuba with Pastors for Peace, documenting the local health system.

Activism

Wall served as president of Interact Advocates for Intersex Youth for three years. During that time, Interact filed a lawsuit, M.C. v. Medical University of South Carolina, in the County of Richmond, South Carolina, in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In 2015, Wall joined an international advisory board for a first philanthropic Intersex Human Rights Fund established by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. He has also developed an art project entitled EMERGE.

As part of his advocacy work, Wall has been interviewed by Nightline, in a segment where he also confronted his childhood surgeon, BuzzFeed, HuffPost Live, and written for The Advocate and Quartz. Wall spoke at TEDxGrandRapids in May 2015.

References

Sean Saifa Wall Wikipedia


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