October 26, 2016

We Are Here: A Message for Intersex Youth

Statements, LGBTQI, IGLYO


Intersex young people speak out about their experiences, to raise visibility and reach out to others through IGLYO’s new film, ‘We Are Here’ in partnership with OII Europe and interACT Youth on Intersex Awareness Day.

We Are Here is a short, but powerful film, highlighting the experiences of five young intersex individuals. The film aims to reach out to other intersex youth and reduce the stigma and isolation associated with being intersex. The message from all involved is clear- intersex young people can live full and rewarding lives just like everyone else. As Emily, from the US says, “You will definitely struggle with things here and there, but so does everyone else, it’s just a different struggle”.

We Are Here sends a message of solidarity and hope to all intersex youth across the globe on Intersex Awareness Day. The project was part of IGLYO’s study session on intersex rights, funded by the Council of Europe and in partnership with OII Europe.

Euan Platt, Executive Co-ordinator of IGLYO says, “One of the main struggles of being young and being LGBTQI is the feeling of isolation, that no-one else is like you. ‘We Are Here’ sends a positive message to all intersex youth that they are not alone, that support is available, and there are many positive role models within the intersex community. No-one should feel they have to face life’s challenges on their own”


IGLYO- The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation is a network of over 90 member organisations in 40+ Council of Europe countries. As a youth development organisation, IGLYO builds the confidence, skills and experience of LGBTQI young people to become leaders within the LGBTQI and human rights sectors. Through cross-cultural exchange and peer learning, IGLYO also creates a powerful collective of youth activists across Europe who can share strategies and visions, and foster values of international solidarity. Finally, IGLYO ensures the voices and experiences of LGBTQI young people are present and heard by decision-makers at European and international levels. IGLYO achieves these outcomes through international trainings and events, targeted capacity building programmes, inter-cultural exchanges and peer learning, online tools and resources, and digital story-telling and campaigning.

For more information on IGLYO contact:

Euan Platt

Executive Co-ordinator

OII Europe 

OII Europe (Organisation Intersex International Europe) is the umbrella organisation of European human rights based intersex organisations. OII Europe was founded on Human Rights Day, 10 December, during the Second Intersex Forum at Stockholm in 2012.OII Europe is an autonomous affiliate of OII (Organisation Internationale des Intersexués), a decentralised global network of intersex organisations, which was founded in 2003 and has operated since then through its national groups in every region of the world.

For more information on OII Europe contact:

Kitty Anderson


OII Europe

interACT Youth

interACT youth is a program for intersex youth, run by intersex youth. All of our members are 13 – 29, have intersex variations and are in a place where they are ready to speak out about their experiences.

For more information on interACT Youth contact:

Kimberly Zieselman 

Executive Director

interACT Youth

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