November 9, 2021

EP. 238 — How Can We Put The “I” In LGBTQIA+? with Alicia Roth Weigel

Have you ever met a redhead? Someone with green eyes? Someone with intersex traits?

If you answered yes to the first two questions, you can likely answer yes to the third: being intersex is as common as having red hair or green eyes. And that’s almost definitely an undercount.

This week, Alicia Roth Weigel lays out what it means to have intersex traits, why so many intersex children face medical abuse, and what justice looks like for intersex people.

Alicia Roth Weigel is a Forbes and New York Times published change agent, working to improve the political and social landscape for marginalized populations in the South through her consulting firm Intrepida Strategy. As a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Austin, she has contributed to legislation to reduce sexual assault and human trafficking, mandate paid sick leave and abortion funding, decriminalize and alleviate homelessness, and target other social determinants of health.

Most notably, Alicia continually advocates for the rights of intersex people like her, for which she was awarded the Ceci Gratias Guardian Award by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Alicia is committed to fostering body autonomy and culturally competent healthcare for all.

Make sure to follow Alicia on Instagram and Twitter @xoxy_alicia.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Alicia Roth Weigel JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious, I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Alicia Weigel, where I ask her: how can we put the “I” in LGBTQIA? Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome our guests this week. Her name is Alicia Weigel. She is a Texas-based policy strategist and advocate for the rights of children born with intersex traits and is also the human rights commissioner for the City of Austin. I’m obsessed with that title. I’m obsessed with you, Alicia. I have to give our listeners a little bit of a background. So I was lucky enough to meet Alicia at the launch of JVN Hair in Austin. We were talking. Alicia came up and introduced herself and we had an amazing time connecting and gettin

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