Reykjavik Pride.

You probably know something about it but in August here in Iceland we walk together to celebrate the culture and pride of  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other groups as well. It has been an annual event in Reykjavik since 1999, but in 1993, gays and lesbians first gathered in the city center of Reykjavik demanding freedom and human rights. From 1999 to 2017 the parade has really grown, and more groups have joined. It is one of the biggest event in Iceland.

I do my best to be there every year to show my support and no I’m not a lesbian, I’m straight as hell. Writing this post I know some people will think less of me, it’s a sad fact that prejudice still exist. To those people out there who can’t and wont support this, i can only say shame on you.

But me and my youngest son went this year on the 12th of August and for the first time we walked in the parade itself, we walked with the Intersex group, but my son has two aunts who were born intersex. My oldest is with his dad on vacations so he couldn’t make it. But it was a great experience for both of us and a beautiful day. Little bit tiring running after a 3 and half-year old but he had a blast.

Some of you might think “Intersex, what is that ?”  

“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.

Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn’t always show up at birth. Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing. – Taken from 

If it weren’t for his aunts I probably wouldn’t know what Intersex is. It shows me that we have so much to learn about everyone and everything in life. I urge you to learn what you can about the different people in the world. We are all amazing in our own way.

Me and Bryntýr Váli.

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