Jim Ambrose first spoke publicly about his body, his childhood, and his family at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) in 1997. He was 20 years old. A year later he left his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA for San Francisco, CA and began volunteering for the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA). His work with ISNA sent him all over lecturing, working with young activists, and offering his perspective as a survivor of a unique campaign of normalization. The institutionally endorsed outcomes of this treatment are genital mutilation, sterilization, and the toxic trinity of secrecy, shame, and isolation.
In 2000, Jim appeared with clinical psychologist and veteran intersex activist, Tiger Devore, in the award-winning short film, XXXY. After careers in bike messengering and bookselling ran their course Jim joined InterACT in 2008. He built InterACT's PR and communications while initiating the first intersex youth leadership development program. In 2012, he co-founded The Interface Project where he currently serves as curator.
Jim's activism and personal story have been featured in diverse publications and programs including BBC Radio, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Montana Public Radio, and The New Yorker.
Jim is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Missoula, Montana.