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1.5% of people are born with anatomy that doesn't fit typical definitions of female or male. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants—often with harmful results.

A Normal Girl brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.


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A Normal Girl is a documentary film featuring activist Pidgeon Pagonis. After growing up believing they were a cancer survivor, Pidgeon was shocked to learn the truth: that they were born intersex, with physical traits that do not conform to standard definitions of male and female, and that they had undergone several so-called “normalizing” surgeries as a child. After discovering their own genital mutilation, speaking out and preventing the same trauma from happening to other intersex children became their life’s purpose.

Pidgeon continues to fight, while facing significant pushback from the medical community. The film records Pidgeon’s activism as they pressure the Chicago Children’s Hospital where they had their surgeries to stop performing elective operations on intersex youth, as well as raising awareness of the broader intersex rights movement to end human rights abuses against people with intersex traits in the United States and worldwide.