Maximo “Mo” Cortez (he/him)

Maximo “Mo” Cortez is an intersex-bodied trans Latino Criminal Legal Advocate from Houston, Texas. He doesn’t believe in policing bodies and he doesn’t believe in policing people. When Mo was born the doctors didn’t know what sex to assign him and told his mother to raise him as a little girl. At the age of five years old, someone turned his mother in to the CPS saying that she was raising a little boy as a girl. As a result of white supremacy in medicine, five year old Mo was subjected to a phallectomy and gonadal surgeries without consent that left him sterilized and alienated.

Mo is impacted by the Criminal Legal System through his late father who passed away from complications from HIV in prison when he graduated from high school. He believes that we can live in a world without
policing bodies nor people.

We’re in this together.

InterConnect is committed to building a community for all intersex people, their families, and allies. A space where you are heard, valued, and embraced regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background, ability, experience, or perspective. A community where you can bring your whole self. We’re in this together, join us.

Our Mission:

InterConnect is a compassionate and affirming community of intersex individuals, family members and allies, working together to promote a better quality of life through connection, support, education and awareness.

Our Vision:

A world in which intersex individuals are celebrated as a natural variation of human biology, and all intersex people feel safe, seen and supported.

Our Values:

We value the journey of intersex people, their families and allies, who support our right to self-determination, dignity, and purpose.


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