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Alicia Roth Weigel, renowned activist on the forefront of fighting for intersex representation and rights, celebrates the release of Inverse Cowgirl, her funny, thought-provoking collection of essays about owning your identity and living your truth. She is joined in conversation with Schuyler Bailar.
Two percent of the world’s population—the same percentage of humans who have naturally red hair—is born intersex. Yet many people are not familiar with the word. Intersex individuals are born with both male and female reproductive organs, yet many are stripped of their identity at birth when a parent designates M or F on a birth certificate. That subjective choice is often followed by invasive, life-changing surgeries, performed without the individual’s consent. Intersex people have become a target of politicians, attacked for who they are and threatened by legislation that attempts to categorize and define them.
Alicia Roth Weigel is fighting back against the hate and fearmongering to protect the rights and lives of everyone. In this book, she boldly speaks out about working as a change agent in a state that actively attempts to pass legislation that would erase her existence, explores how we can reclaim bodily autonomy, and encourages us to amplify our voices. Disarming, funny, charming, and powerful, this is a vital account of personal accomplishment that will open eyes and change minds.
Alicia Roth Weigel comes to the Museum of Science for an evening celebrating the release of Inverse Cowgirl, joined in conversation by Schuyler Bailar.
This program is free, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
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Tuesday, October 10 | 7:00 pm
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Alicia Roth Weigel is a writer and activist working to improve the political and social landscape for marginalized populations worldwide through her firm, Intrepida Strategy. As a partner for the Pride Fund, Roth Weigel is raising and deploying capital to grow LGBTQIA+-led companies in Texas and beyond. A Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Austin, she continually advocates for the rights of intersex people like her, work for which she was awarded the Ceci Gratias Guardian Award by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Roth Weigel has helmed nonprofits and political campaigns and has held various marketing and business development roles in Brazil, Angola, South Africa, and throughout the US. She is committed to fostering body autonomy and culturally competent healthcare for all. She has written for the New York Times, the Austin Chronicle, and Girls Globe, and has been featured in Austin Women, the Daily Mail, and Forbes, and more.
Schuyler Bailar (he/him) is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Schuyler’s difficult choice — to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA champion — was historic.
Schuyler's story has appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Ellen Show and his tireless advocacy has earned him honors including LGBTQ Nation’s Instagram Advocate for 2020 and the Harvard Director’s Award. In addition to being one of the top social media LGBTQ+ educators and advocates, Schuyler is a leading DEI speaker and advisor for hundreds of businesses, organizations, and schools. Schuyler also continues his academic pursuits in the Evolutionary Psychology Lab and the Valera Clinical Psychology Lab at Harvard.
In 2021, Schuyler released his first middle-grade novel, Obie Is Man Enough, and in 2023, Schuyler announced his nonfiction book, He/She/They: How We Talk About Gender and Why It Matters—available for preorder now.