IO TILLETT WRIGHT

TED WEEKENDS

He / She / It / ... Me

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLabels are essential to conversation, as are boxes, but I stand by my point, which is that it's not that there are too many boxes in the world, it's that there are too few. Each one of us is in hundreds of boxes, like watercolors, splish-splashing elements of ourselves over into the others, and in my view, when colors bleed into each other, we get the most beautiful rainbows.

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A Big Step Toward Broad Acceptance Of Gender Nonconformity

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat seemed to me to be her most subversive and, to that audience, surprising message, was that there is far more bisexuality out there than what we'd consider purely "gay." Given that even the gay community finds that reality surprising, wondering where all the bisexual men and women are, it's one of what Wright calls her "self-evident truths," that we are far more complex than even we are willing to admit.

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Escaping The Boxes, Living In The Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThis biological need to find similarities in the world around us is what almost drove me to my own death. At the time, I didn't know there was anyone like me. I didn't see commonalities with a single other human being and myself. I saw myself as defective, and therefore, not worthy of life, itself.

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Discarding The World's Labels And Embracing The Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs we all know from the marriage debates, the opinions of others on our sexuality affect our daily lives. While the overwhelming consensus of the transgender community is that a person is whatever they identify as, others (including sometimes the government) base it on other things. The problem is it's done completely inconsistently.

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iO Tillet Wright, Equality, And How Gay Are You?

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI was 16 at the time my mother came out, and she seemed so much happier than when she was married to my cold, withholding, unfaithful father. So I was happy for her. She raised me to have an open mind about these things, and not judge people by the color of their skin, or who they loved, or what they worshiped. She raised me to judge them by their words and their actions.

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WARNING: Letting Your Doctor Define You Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgToday I define myself as a happy, successful, devilishly handsome 44 year-old guy with a wonderful family and a bunch of great friends. Had I given up and let those first two doctors define me, I never would've made it past 23.