Anton Krzyzanowski

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Anton Krzyzanowski
Антон Крыжановский
Born (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 28)
Ural, Russia
Occupation(s)intersex activist, sound designer

Anton Krzyzanowski or Anton Kryzhanovsky (Russian: Антон Крыжановский, born 3 March 1995) is a Russian intersex activist and sound designer.[1][2][3] He is the founder of the intersex human rights initiative group (Интерсекс.ру)[2][4][5] and is known for speaking openly about living with ovotestis.[6]

Early life[edit]

Krzyzanowski was born in a small town in Ural, Russia. He was assigned female at birth based on the appearance of his genitals but, when he was 13 years old, he went through puberty according to the male pattern.[7] He showed male secondary sex characteristics: his voice broke,[8] he developed facial hair, and did not start menstruating.

Because of his religious family, in 2010[9] Krzyzanowski was sent to a monastery as family members believed that "demons were sitting in him."[10][11] Krzyzanowski has stated that he was advised to pray in order to be "cured" and become a "normal" woman. When he was 15 years old, he was sent to the hospital due to intense stomach pains; the priests suspected that it was the result of not menstruating for a long time. However, the hospital found that Krzyzanowski did not have a uterus and consequently could not have periods.[11]

Due to the discrimination and bullying he faced for being legally designated as female despite having a male body, Krzyzanowski changed his identification documents when he was 18.[11][4]


Krzyzanowski is known for being the founder of the intersex human rights initiative group, "Интерсекс.ру" ("").[2][4][5] He engages in media work to promote awareness about the existence and needs of intersex people:

  • Anton Krzyzanowski was one of the individuals featured in the Russian BBC documentary film about intersex people,[12] in BBC article about Sredneuralsk Women's Monastery[9] and in BBC article about Mizulina legislation against trans and intersex rights for marriage.[13]
  • The Belarusian website made a video highlighting Krzyzanowski's story.[14]
  • He was interviewed by Ksenia Sobchak in her documentary movie about Sredneuralsk Women's Monastery.[15]
  • Krzyzanowski has been interviewed by various Russian media, such as Moskovskij Komsomolets,[3] Kommersant,[16] and


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  2. ^ a b c "Антон Крыжановский – Интерсекс.ру" (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  3. ^ a b "Люди-"интерсекс" полны решимости изменить сознание России". (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  4. ^ a b c Kradenova, Anastasia (2020-09-11). "Интерсекс — мужчина или женщина: какие трудности преодолевают люди, родившиеся на стыке полов". TJ. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  5. ^ a b "Семейный кодекс правят не глядя на половые признаки". Коммерсантъ. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  6. ^ ""А не догадается ли она, что со мной что-то "не так"?": Интерсекс-люди о своём сексуальном опыте". Wonderzine. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  7. ^ "Интерсекс-активист Антон Крыжановский: "Иногда мне жалко людей — я ломаю им психику"". Эволюция Юга.ру (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  8. ^ "Today is Intersex Awareness Day". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  9. ^ a b ""Хочешь в царство небесное? Падай на колени, кайся!" Как жили дети в монастыре схиигумена Сергия". BBC News Русская служба (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  10. ^ "Ловец человеков". Новая газета - (in Russian). October 13, 2020. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  11. ^ a b c "Елена Проколова. "Привет, я интерсекс": как Антон стал мужчиной". (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  12. ^ "Как живут интерсекс-люди в России Документальный фильм Би-би-си", BBC Russian Service, retrieved 2021-03-21
  13. ^ ""Это фашизм": как новый законопроект Мизулиной дискриминирует трансгендерных и интерсекс-людей". BBC News Русская служба (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  14. ^ Родился девочкой, но начал превращаться в мальчика: #монолог интерсекс-человека, retrieved 2021-03-21
  15. ^ МОНАСТЫРЬ ОСОБОГО НАЗНАЧЕНИЯ : Насилие над детьми, чипирование и кто стоит за Сергием Романовым, retrieved 2021-03-21
  16. ^ "Семейный кодекс правят не глядя на половые признаки". Коммерсантъ. Retrieved 2021-03-21.

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