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Intersexion -with an x- is a limited-edition podcast featuring conversations with special guests around the book's central themes of authenticity, identity, community and allyship. So much happens at intersections: meet ups, near misses, collisions. This intersection is a place where people and ideas come together, where stories are told and perspectives shift. Cynthia Davis is a semi-salty adjunct professor of narrative nonfiction and author of the recently released Intersexion: A story of faith, identity and authenticity.

Intersexion Cynthia Vacca Davis

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Intersexion -with an x- is a limited-edition podcast featuring conversations with special guests around the book's central themes of authenticity, identity, community and allyship. So much happens at intersections: meet ups, near misses, collisions. This intersection is a place where people and ideas come together, where stories are told and perspectives shift. Cynthia Davis is a semi-salty adjunct professor of narrative nonfiction and author of the recently released Intersexion: A story of faith, identity and authenticity.

    The Power of Community

    The Power of Community

    Today's guest is Virginia Palencia, a colleague and a very dear friend. We both teach at Christopher Newport University as adjuncts– a career that can honestly be a little lonely. Adjuncts are the itinerant workers of academia and it's a job that make building community difficult.

    In this episode, we talk about how we took seeds of friendship that were always there and built them into something more substantial– a community. We banded together with another colleague and created the sisters of Perpetual Disorder– a group that is part support, part advice and part drinking club. 

    Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity

    A deeply human story about choosing between social acceptance or health, fear or authentic friendship.

    What happens when a teenage girl hits puberty, drops a testicle, grows a penis, develops breasts, gets a period and tells no one? What if years later this person finally confides in an insecure ally who has her own secret: a life-changing promotion with a catch—her signature on a document labeling sexual minorities as “repugnant” and “offensive”?

    Intersexion is a life-giving true story that plays out at the tense and tenuous intersection of identity and religion. Cynthia, an adjunct professor with a trunk full of ungraded papers and snack wrappers, has been an LGBTQIA+ ally for years—in convenient ways. She enjoys the company of her queer friends—but her support isn’t risky; it hasn’t cost her anything. Until she meets Dani. The youngest child in a conservative evangelical family, Dani knows that playing the role of dutiful daughter is safer than jeopardizing faith and family with a norm-defying body that seems an affront to both. Born visibly female, yet desperate to be seen as the boy he truly is, Dani relies on prayer and magical thinking, until his life depends on one thing: the truth. A middle ground was no longer an option for either of them.

    Told in both Dani’s and Cynthia’s voices, Intersexion is a harrowing, hopeful exploration of the cost of coming out—as an intersex minority, ally of a minority, or asker of difficult questions—and what it means to come into one’s own. It’s a book for anyone craving a more authentic life, and a story about the intersections we find ourselves in by no choice of our own.

    To contact Cynthia Davis: cynthiavaccadavis.com

    For more information or to read an excerpt from Intersexion: https://lakedrivebooks.com/intersexion/

    Available through Amazon: click here

    • 45 min
    The Cost of Allyship

    The Cost of Allyship

    This episode is about allyship, and how true support of marginalized communities is never without cost. Our guest, Mary Nichols, is a former minister who was defrocked for her support of the LGBTQIA community—which includes her husband and her son.  Cynthia met Mary through Twitter in the summer of 2021 when she was going through arduous interviews with the credentials board of her church who’d decided—despite the fact that Mary’s family was always upfront about their unique situation—that Mary was no longer fit to serve her church community. Here’s the story of how a self-proclaimed good church girl ended up on the dangerous side of the most divisive issue in Christianity and the exorbitant cost she paid for loving the people who mattered most.

    Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity

    A deeply human story about choosing between social acceptance or health, fear or authentic friendship.

    What happens when a teenage girl hits puberty, drops a testicle, grows a penis, develops breasts, gets a period and tells no one? What if years later this person finally confides in an insecure ally who has her own secret: a life-changing promotion with a catch—her signature on a document labeling sexual minorities as “repugnant” and “offensive”?

    Intersexion is a life-giving true story that plays out at the tense and tenuous intersection of identity and religion. Cynthia, an adjunct professor with a trunk full of ungraded papers and snack wrappers, has been an LGBTQIA+ ally for years—in convenient ways. She enjoys the company of her queer friends—but her support isn’t risky; it hasn’t cost her anything. Until she meets Dani. The youngest child in a conservative evangelical family, Dani knows that playing the role of dutiful daughter is safer than jeopardizing faith and family with a norm-defying body that seems an affront to both. Born visibly female, yet desperate to be seen as the boy he truly is, Dani relies on prayer and magical thinking, until his life depends on one thing: the truth. A middle ground was no longer an option for either of them.

    Told in both Dani’s and Cynthia’s voices, Intersexion is a harrowing, hopeful exploration of the cost of coming out—as an intersex minority, ally of a minority, or asker of difficult questions—and what it means to come into one’s own. It’s a book for anyone craving a more authentic life, and a story about the intersections we find ourselves in by no choice of our own.

    To contact Cynthia Davis: cynthiavaccadavis.com

    For more information or to read an excerpt from Intersexion: https://lakedrivebooks.com/intersexion/

    Available through Amazon: click here

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Authenticity & Religious Abuse

    Authenticity & Religious Abuse

    This episode is about authenticity and religious abuse. Our guest, licensed counselor Tracy Milstead, LPC, talks about the psychological consequences of suppressing aspects of your identity in order to remain in good standing in a religious community. Tracy has experienced religious trauma first hand and now uses her background to help her clients—many of whom are also dealing with church trauma. This episode tells the story of how Tracy and Cynthia became friends at the very first church where they felt safe to ask questions, share doubts, and engage in honest discussions. It’s also the story of how that all fell apart and what happened in the aftermath. Join us as we explore what it means to come out of a prescriptive environment and step into authentic life in your own skin.

    Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity

    A deeply human story about choosing between social acceptance or health, fear or authentic friendship.

    What happens when a teenage girl hits puberty, drops a testicle, grows a penis, develops breasts, gets a period and tells no one? What if years later this person finally confides in an insecure ally who has her own secret: a life-changing promotion with a catch—her signature on a document labeling sexual minorities as “repugnant” and “offensive”?

    Intersexion is a life-giving true story that plays out at the tense and tenuous intersection of identity and religion. Cynthia, an adjunct professor with a trunk full of ungraded papers and snack wrappers, has been an LGBTQIA+ ally for years—in convenient ways. She enjoys the company of her queer friends—but her support isn’t risky; it hasn’t cost her anything. Until she meets Dani. The youngest child in a conservative evangelical family, Dani knows that playing the role of dutiful daughter is safer than jeopardizing faith and family with a norm-defying body that seems an affront to both. Born visibly female, yet desperate to be seen as the boy he truly is, Dani relies on prayer and magical thinking, until his life depends on one thing: the truth. A middle ground was no longer an option for either of them.

    Told in both Dani’s and Cynthia’s voices, Intersexion is a harrowing, hopeful exploration of the cost of coming out—as an intersex minority, ally of a minority, or asker of difficult questions—and what it means to come into one’s own. It’s a book for anyone craving a more authentic life, and a story about the intersections we find ourselves in by no choice of our own.

    To contact Cynthia Davis: cynthiavaccadavis.com

    For more information or to read an excerpt from Intersexion: https://lakedrivebooks.com/intersexion/

    Available through Amazon: click here

    • 46 min
    Welcome to Intersexion

    Welcome to Intersexion

    Welcome to the Intersexion podcast, a limited edition series of conversations to coincide with the the release of Intersexion, a Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity, a dual-narrative memoir by Cynthia Vacca Davis. In this episode, Cynthia and Danny--the book's two narrators--chat about their friendship and how the book came came to be.

    Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity

    A deeply human story about choosing between social acceptance or health, fear or authentic friendship.

    What happens when a teenage girl hits puberty, drops a testicle, grows a penis, develops breasts, gets a period and tells no one? What if years later this person finally confides in an insecure ally who has her own secret: a life-changing promotion with a catch—her signature on a document labeling sexual minorities as “repugnant” and “offensive”?

    Intersexion is a life-giving true story that plays out at the tense and tenuous intersection of identity and religion. Cynthia, an adjunct professor with a trunk full of ungraded papers and snack wrappers, has been an LGBTQIA+ ally for years—in convenient ways. She enjoys the company of her queer friends—but her support isn’t risky; it hasn’t cost her anything. Until she meets Dani. The youngest child in a conservative evangelical family, Dani knows that playing the role of dutiful daughter is safer than jeopardizing faith and family with a norm-defying body that seems an affront to both. Born visibly female, yet desperate to be seen as the boy he truly is, Dani relies on prayer and magical thinking, until his life depends on one thing: the truth. A middle ground was no longer an option for either of them.

    Told in both Dani’s and Cynthia’s voices, Intersexion is a harrowing, hopeful exploration of the cost of coming out—as an intersex minority, ally of a minority, or asker of difficult questions—and what it means to come into one’s own. It’s a book for anyone craving a more authentic life, and a story about the intersections we find ourselves in by no choice of our own.

    To contact Cynthia Davis: cynthiavaccadavis.com

    For more information or to read an excerpt from Intersexion: https://lakedrivebooks.com/intersexion/

    Available through Amazon: click here

    • 39 min

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DavidRMorris ,

Such helpful conversations

So good to be able to listen to this podcast with these important conversations about faith identity sexuality and gender and what it means to be authentic in our world today, which sometimes comes with a cost but also has unexpected and even greater benefits.

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