New visions and new horizons
I’m 20 years old. I am intersex and I was born in the interior of the Brazilian northeast. Although I was born in the capital, I lived my childhood and adolescence in the countryside and since it’s a small town, everyone wants to know about everyone else’s life. My mother went with me to the capital several times for me to go to the endocrinologist. My mother often thinks that at that time she didn’t know what to do with me or how to help me. She decided that I wouldn’t go to the psychologist, and I consider that was the best choice she could make since, in a small town, everyone that is different suffers from a lot of prejudice. In the school environment, I remember that for a time I was afraid to go to the bathroom because of the boys who would go and push open the doors, and I didn’t want to be seen to be different.
But I found new visions and new horizons. I found intersex people from my country and people who fight for our rights, like Thais and Dione, who are wonderful people. In relation to having children, people often speak about it as if the only way to be happy in adulthood is to have children. I think one day I will adopt because I have an immense desire to be a father.
This piece is a translation of the Portuguese text – Novas visões e horizontes.