LYNNELL STEPHANI LONG

Chicago, U.S.

Lynnell is an Intersex activist & educator, photographer, and paramedic. Her passion for activism grew from being a long-term patient at a university hospital in her native Chicago. For the past 15 years the heart of Lynnell's advocacy has been in helping intersex children, preventing genital mutilation, and ending the unnecessary shame and secrecy suffered by Intersex adults.

Lynnell began speaking out as a volunteer with Intersex Society of North America’s Speakers Bureau. Before long she was speaking on college campuses and educating medical professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

She currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for AIS-DSD Support Group and is active on AIS-DSD's Diversity Committee.

Lynnell has been featured in several documentaries, including Intersexion (2012) and One in 2000 (2006), and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Montel Williams Show. In 2015, her story was published by Narrative Inquiry of Bioethics.

Follow Lynnell's work at lynnellstephani.blogspot.com.