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GendersInX started when I was neck deep into moderation of another site that dealt with Klinefelterís and all aspects of it. In amongst the many posters, a woman who had Turnerís Syndrome came on to find out what Klinefelterís was all about. I was amazed on how much we had in common as much as I was interested on our differences in our two syndromes. I wanted to explore that however it would not be appropriate to discuss Turnerís in a Klinefelterís forum.

I scoured the internet to find a suitable forum server that will do the trick. Through my inexperience with this I found an opportunity in one of the free forums. A comment was made that any free site would not make it anywhere. That was the last straw in giving me the push to make this site as I really thought that this person was wrong in down playing anyoneís effort. Finding a name for the site that will compare different conditions with each other in looking for similarities, I had to find an appropriate name that would encompass them all. After a time, I found the common factor in all of our conditions is the X Chromosome. Some have more than one, some less and some inexistent. I knew that not everyone saw themselves as male and female but still acknowledged that they had a gender or were genderless so I called the site Genders In X. In this new site, I put this in as a .com as I didnít know any different then.

The site started slowly as any site does and I included the Turnerís syndrome person I had met on the other site as my moderator. As I had many a friend on the other xxy site, they supported me and tried to help as best they could. To this day this effort is much appreciated. This will be said from time to tine as grass roots are always remembered.

As GendersInX (GIX for short) was slowly taking off, my moderatorship was in question from the other site as I was seen as making a competitive site and it was feared that I would take posters from that site to make mine. This was never the intention but I could see that this would be a thorn to explain it, so I stepped down vowing that I will prove that what I say is true. Much to the Adminís credit, this was retracted and all was good. In fact, he and I are good friends and we talk from time to time always supporting each other. As much as this situation could be viewed as a negative, I saw it as a positive as it gave me a bigger push to concentrate on my task at hand. I am still a member of that earlier site and I post once in a while when I find some interesting information the members there could appreciate. I owe a lot to www.XXYTalk.com as it opened my eyes to parts of myself that were mere frustrations before I came onto the site.

In the time that I posted much on XXYTalk.com, I met a person there that had posted subjects particularly on intersex subjects. As GIX was getting to the point that Intersex was going to be a good part of that site, I approached Curtis Hinkle to take a gander at GendersInX at that point. He was impressed that a site addressed the commonality of different conditions leaning towards Intersex without any influence of any other organisation. As I found out later, Curtis was/is the President of the Organisation of Intersex International (OII) and GIX was introduced to his members. That gave GIX the necessary push to expand itís horizons. I had altered some of the wording to accommodate the many different people that would come on the site. Curtis then made me a part of his organisation to which I am there still today. The title that Curtis created for me was apt to my mission that I was trying to accomplish.

Curtis had expressed a desire to have a site that addressed Intersex only and so I began to make a site for him through another server that I wasnít initially aware of. I made plenty of mistakes and I learned from every single one of them. This site is called Intersexions Cafť and later on itís domain name became www.Intersexions.org .

That was a good experience and it gave me ideas on how I was going to step up GIX as I wasnít satisfied over the security features (or the lack of it) and other features that direly needed upgrading. I changed to the forumotion server and restarted GendersInX encouraging the members to change over. I lost a few then but I gained a few more. Certainly my subjects on 5 Alpha Reductase, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Androgen Insensitive Syndrome, Klinefelterís Syndrome and Turnerís Syndrome were getting a fair chance of becoming more available to anyone that would like to learn of them through the people that have that condition.

From that time on, we had seen some bumps and bruises not unlike any site starting up and the members in GIX certainly supported the site and are still there today. This I say with pride because I appreciate everyoneís efforts on GIX. Really, I am the Admin there but they are the ones that make the site the encouraging and supportive site it is now. For the future, I would like to add more genetic sexual conditions so that we all can learn from the people involved and get together online to discuss whatever suits our fancy. I will probably change some features and the look a little but I am happy with the marble layout. My co-Admin just rolls up here eyes when I mention that I will change this and that. I think variety is the spice of life and so I implement that into GendersInX.org as much as possible .

As mentioned earlier, we have resource people who address any and all questions concerning their conditions. To date we have 5 excluding myself. Some members shared an interest in trying to encourage some of the other members who have not posted yet and from that one member, the group of 4 is now called the Peer Support group. I think itís important that we all share in encouraging and supporting each other as we will not get that from the world as it is. Indeed getting hammered constantly would discourage anyone. I find my refuge in GIX when the negative world starts to make little sense to me. Once in a while I let loose by writing what frustrates me or brings me down and I am always encouraged again to continue what I set out to do.

Supporting and encouraging, this is what www.GendersInX.org is all about,.

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Re: How GendersInX came about
Post on Wed 21 May 2008, 12:10 pm by Kimberly83
Thanks for teaching all the newcomers here about our history. We're about support and encouragement indeed..
 

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