Nobody Needs to Know: A Memoir

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Topple Books & Little a
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5.61 X 8.43 X 0.65 inches | 0.56 pounds

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About the Author

Pidgeon Pagonis is an activist on behalf of intersex and marginalized people. They have advanced youth advocacy with interACT, launched an intersex YouTube channel, written for Everyday Feminism, cofounded the Intersex Justice Project (IJP) and the #EndIntersexSurgery campaign, and introduced the intersex and nonbinary clothing line Too Cute to Be Binary. They've created two short documentaries, The Son I Never Had, which premiered at Outfest, and A Normal Girl, which screened at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival; appeared on the cover of National Geographic's "Gender Revolution" special issue; and been honored as an LGBT Champion of Change by the Obama White House. They are currently documenting intersex people of color for Physical Record, a new photo series subsidized by Astraea's Intersex Human Rights Fund. For more information visit


"A sharp-eyed, candid reading experience." --Kirkus Reviews

"[H]eart-wrenching...Pagonis's campaign to speak up on behalf of intersex autonomy is galvanizing, and their journey toward found family is moving. This is an inspiring must-read." --Publishers Weekly

"For many years now Pagonis's activism as an advocate for the intersex community has been indispensable, helping shine a much-needed light on an identity that is so often misunderstood and ignored. Now they're bringing that enlivening energy to the page with their luminous memoir about the fight for selfhood." --Electric Literature

"A beautifully written and clear-eyed book that goes beyond the basics of what intersex means to show the full mosaic of what it is to be human." --Shondaland

"A powerful, fierce, and vulnerable memoir that situates the fight for intersex rights against the backdrop of adolescence. Pagonis explores the nuance of bodies--of what it means to have a body as a house--and the ways that society and the medical industry have tried to flatten bodies into one-dimensional ideas. This book is a must-read, and as compelling as it is informative." --Fatimah Asghar, author of When We Were Sisters

"A riveting memoir that illuminates one person's beautiful struggle against a system that denied their truth since birth. Nobody Needs to Know is critical to understanding intersex issues, and it's also a striking story of growing up and into yourself. Each page brims with a heart-wrenching honesty and irrepressible spirit that anyone can see themselves in. Pidgeon is changing the world and actively destigmatizing the existence of people who aren't simply male or female. This story inspires an essential process that brings us closer to respecting and appreciating a reality that is not binary and yet is one we all share. Pidgeon is a wonderful human being, a conduit for harmony, and an example of what change and growth can achieve. Please read this book!" --Indya Moore, actor, model, and advocate

"A remarkable book by a remarkable person. I highly recommend it; anyone reading this will come away with an awareness and appreciation of the challenges and beauty of a group of people who are as common in our everyday lives as identical twins or redheads yet are mostly invisible or misunderstood." --Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, principal of the Neurosequential Network