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But she refuses to define herself as either man or woman, using the female pronoun purely for convenience. Others might call her a gender pioneer."From the very beginning, I realised I wasn't a boy and I wasn't a girl; I realised I was in the middle.

I felt great self-hatred at points about the fact that I was in an unknown world.

The comedian Graham Norton, actor Sir Derek Jacobi, sculptor to the Royals Frances Segelman and writer Richard O'Brien are among the first 100 or so people to have signed the petition, she says.

On top of that, XXXora is launching her Silver Box exhibition at the Groucho Club in central London in May.

People are using 'hermaphrodite' in a derogatory way, and I simply won't have it.

It is, though; it's all around us – in all aspects of nature."XXXora even stands out among other intersex people, who are born with a reproductive anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male, and who often end up defining as women or men.

She now wears her silver mask – first adorned after a failed cornea transplant left her unable to wear make-up on one eye – whenever she goes out, and it has become another emblem of life inside her silver box.