Jim Ambrose first spoke publicly about his body, his childhood, and his family at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1997.
e 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, 1993-2007). His 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: endorsed outcomes of this modern medical treatment were genital mutilation, sterilization, a ruinous hormone regimen, and a stifling isolation supported by shame and secrecy.
In 2000 Jim appeared with clinical psychologist and veteran intersex activist, Tiger Devore, in the award-winning short film, XXXY. After careers in bike messengering and bookselling ran their course Jim joined interACT (formerly Advocates for Informed Choice) in 2008. He designed interACT's PR and communications while initiating the first intersex youth leadership development program: Inter/Act. He co-founded The Interface Project in 2012.
Jim's activism and personal story have been featured in diverse publications and programs including BBC Radio, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Montana Public Radio, and The New Yorker.
Jim is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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