The first time Jim Ambrose spoke publicly on intersex issues was at the University of Minnesota in 1997. He was 20 years old.
A year later he left his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA for San Francisco, CA and began volunteering for The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA). Jim’s work with ISNA sent him all over lecturing, working with young activists, and offering his perspective as a survivor of a unique campaign of normalization. Cosmetic genital surgeries, a robust hormone regimen, and a needless isolation supported by shame and secrecy were hallmarks of this modern medical treatment.
Jim was featured alongside fellow activist Tiger Devore in the award-winning short film XXXY in 2000. In 2008, he joined Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC). Jim established AIC’s media presence and initiated the first intersex youth leadership development program: Inter/Act. Jim co-founded The Interface Project in 2012.
Jim's work has been featured in diverse publications and programs including CNN, The Discovery Channel, Montana Public Radio, and The New Yorker. He lives in Missoula, Montana where he plies his trade as a writer and editor.
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