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South African Department of Home Affairs seeks to amend identity laws to include a third gender

“I would like it very much if the government were to introduce this third gender to accommodate people like my child because for the next few years we will always have to explain why she looks or is dressed in a certain way when her ID says something else. It would also help other future mothers who would find themselves in my position having to make impossible decisions.”

An age-by-age guide to talking to your kids about gender

No matter your kid’s age, it’s not too early (or late!) to talk to them about gender. Here’s how to start the discussion, and keep it going as they grow…

The Gender Spectrum: A Scientist Explains Why Gender Isn’t Binary

The gender spectrum is an understanding that gender is not binary (female/male), but rather a spectrum of biological, mental and emotional traits that exist along a continuum…

2020

What Is 5-Alpha-Reductase Deficiency?

Individuals with this condition have testes [that] do not make sufficient dihydrotestosterone to cause the genitals to virilize, or masculinize, prior to puberty. Therefore, infants are born with what appears to be a clitoris and a vagina, and they are often assigned female at the time of birth…

Harvard Medicine: The Body, The Self

“We’ve basically been thinking about sex development and gender identity all wrong for a very long time, and that has done a disservice to an entire population of people who do not fit our traditional expectations…”

Hollyoaks star Ki Griffin feels pressure of being soap’s first intersex and non-binary actor...

Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, the actor opened up about how they feel they have some big boots to fill considering they are the show’s first non-binary and intersex actor.

Romanian Court Slams Law Banning Discussion of Gender in Education

The law threatened the right to health, particularly for transgender, non-binary, and intersex children, for whom denying access to information about gender could have pernicious physical and mental health consequences…

Failed Assignments — Rethinking Sex Designations on Birth Certificates

Sex designations on birth certificates offer no clinical utility, and they can be harmful for intersex and transgender people. Moving such designations below the line of demarcation wouldn’t compromise the birth certificate’s public health function but could avoid harm…

Gender stereotypes are fuelling a mental health crisis among children and causing ‘serious, long-term harm’

Rigid ideas and expectations of gender were identified by researchers as the root of children and teen’s negative mental health that ripples into adulthood, ranging from body image issues, eating disorders, rocketing rates of male suicide and violence against women and girls…

Kid Quick Is the New Nonbinary Superhero of Color Coming to DC Comics

DC Comics’ latest groundbreaking superhero is Jess Chambers, or Kid Quick, who will make their debut next month in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, a holiday-themed comic book anthology available on December 8…

U.K. -- Surgery on intersex children may stop

Surgery to alter the reproductive organs of children who are born intersex could be stopped, leaked papers show.

In draft proposals by NHS England, genital or gonadal surgery for children born with differences in sex development (DSD) would not go ahead until children could consent for themselves.

Let’s celebrate Intersex Awareness Day 2020!

In times of crisis and pandemic, all people around the globe struggle to cope with fear, stress and worry. But can you imagine struggling for the whole of your life from the time you were born? Intersex people don’t just imagine it…

Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) and partners have revealed a range of new resources, aimed at changing current practices and promoting genuine inclusive practice…

How intersex Latter-day Saints struggle to stay in a ‘two gender’ faith

“I spent a lot of time wondering if my body was normal,” says Skaggs, a 29-year-old who lives in Southern California. “I felt a lot of shame and secrecy, even lying to my friends about getting my period. I got really good at hiding and putting up walls…”

Boston Children’s Hospital will no longer perform two types of intersex surgery on children

[Boston Children’s Hospital] has agreed to stop performing certain types of genital surgeries on intersex children if they are too young to meaningfully consent – a decision that activists say could be a watershed moment for intersex rights…

‘Stories of Intersex and Faith’: Vanderbilt to host film screening and discussion

Stories of Intersex and Faith, a documentary in which five intersex people offer insight into their extraordinary lives and challenges…

Book Release -- Intersex Rights: Living Between The Sexes

For decades, intersex persons used to be invisible but during the 1990s they started “coming out”, addressing injustice and demanding full integration in societies and recognition under the law…

(though the book is in English, the author is not a native speaker and there are some artifacts in the text that should not reflect negatively on the importance of this work…)

I discovered I was intersex when I was 38 but I’m no longer ashamed

When my mum started crying down the phone, I sat in stunned silence. At 38, after decades of feeling like something was wrong with me, I’d finally found the reason why. I was intersex…

After years of protest, a top hospital ended intersex surgeries. For activists, it took a deep toll.

Intersex youth surgeries have deep ties to racism in the U.S. Last month, Lurie Children’s Hospital became the first in the country to end the operations…

Austria issues first intersex birth certificate after four-year battle

Austria issued its first intersex birth certificate on Thursday, after a four-year battle, as a growing number of countries offer identity documents with options other than male and female…

Are hasty operations on intersex children becoming a thing of the past?

“I thought that was a terrible idea,” she says. “If you remove something, it’s gone forever. Who knows if this person is going to grow up to want to have a vagina or to have penetrative sex? And whose business is it to make these decisions except the person?”

Intersex Texans Still Fighting to be Seen

“I had brought a friend with me for moral support. It was the big secret I hadn’t told anyone, not even my own brother,” said Weigel. “I wore heels, and I wanted to walk in and drop that bomb to them, that their notion of what it means to be a woman, their notion of what gender is, is just so false…”

Court orders State Department to reconsider intersex passport application

A federal appeals court has ordered the State Department to reprocess the passport application of a former sailor and intersex activist who was denied a nonbinary passport with an “X” gender marker instead of the traditional “M” or “F.”

Emily Quinn: Male Or Female Is The Wrong Question—How Can We Rethink Biological Sex?

Artist Emily Quinn is intersex. She’s one of over 150 million people in the world who don’t fit neatly into the categories of male or female. She explains how biological sex exists on a spectrum…

Isolation for intersex people: coronavirus revives trauma

Jeanette Clark, who lives on her own in London, had internal testes removed at 16. She was told the surgery was necessary but not what it was or why. When she turned 50, Clark found out she was intersex after accidentally seeing her medical records.

“I’ve gone through absolute hell with it all…”

Book Release -- XOXY: A Memoir

“XOXY is a genuine, moving, and inspiring account of a brave, incredibly motivated woman’s journey to deal with her body – and society – on her own terms. The medical establishment made ill-informed, irreversible decisions while she was a teenager that reflected a bias that the author has made it her life mission to change. I cried, but I also cheered as the author triumphed against odds in a battle that continues today.” — Robyn Schlesinger

No longer invisible: A conversation with Intersex Ireland

A small group of individuals have come together to form a new organisation called Intersex Ireland – a group set up to support intersex people and their families, educate wider society, and advance the rights and equality of all intersex individuals across the country…

UNAIDS -- Feature story: Be proud

Ronie grew up as a boy until the age of 16 years.

“That’s when my body started developing some female features, despite the fact that I associated myself with being a boy,” the Zimbabwean said.

Ronie’s father panicked and sent Ronie to live in another town…

Audio Release -- Undark: Confronting Knowledge Gaps in Intersex Health Care

As surgeries for intersex infants face increased scrutiny, research on health care outcomes remains limited…

Stephen Fry calls for intersex people to be treated with ‘common politeness and decency’

Fry appeared on the BBC regional investigations show Inside Out as it followed intersex activists who are campaigning for an end to the shame, secrecy and unnecessary surgeries for people born with non-binary sex characteristics…

Intersex woman fights to have gender changed on legal documents

Juleigh Mayfield was born James Bradford Mayfield and grew up playing football, believing she was a boy until she turned 17.

That’s when she learned she was born intersex, meaning she has an extra chromosome…

California lawmakers reject intersex surgery ban proposal on infants

California lawmakers have rejected what would have been a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary treatment for infants born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The measure would have banned all procedures on intersex children 6 and under unless the Medical Board of California deemed them medically necessary…

She's 7 and was born intersex. Why her parents elected to let her grow up without surgical intervention

“I knew that surgeries were common for intersex kids, but I didn’t really understand how it would work,” Eric said. “And so, my fear at the time was that they were going to take Rosie out of the room, and they were going to suggest doing the surgery right away…”

2019

Conference in Delhi highlights issues faced by intersex people

The first national conference on Intersex Human Rights was held at the India Centre in New Delhi on Sunday.

Organised by Srishti Madurai, the conference featured Intersex activists from India and abroad as well as legal, medical and government experts…

 

This Intersex Runner Had Surgery to Compete. It Has Not Gone Well.

Annet Negesa, Uganda’s 800-meter Olympic hopeful, says she was advised to undergo an irreversible surgery because of naturally elevated testosterone levels. Her career has never been the same…

Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) passed a resolution supporting the principle that intersex children should not be operated on until they are old enough to make the decision themselves…

Book Release -- Two-Spirits Belong Here: An Anthology of works by Two-Spirit Transgender, Intersex, & Gender Non-Conforming Native American Artists

“I was super excited to find out this book exists. It is truly an amazing anthology which showcases trans, intersex, and GNC Two-Spirit Indigenous writers who are often passed over by mainstream publishing. There’s a wide range of identities among the authors but Indigenous Latinx/Latina trans women are particularly centered. It also has a really nice variety of work–a lot of poetry, but also personal essays, historical/theoretical essays, photos and art, and theater works.” — Minosh

Intersex Solidarity at Carolina

Intersex Day of Solidarity, also known as Intersex Day of Remembrance, takes place on November 8. The Day marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by the philosopher Michel Foucault…

Here’s What to Know About Having a Baby Who Is Intersex

First, take a deep breath. It can be scary for new parents to hear anything unexpected from a doctor once their baby is born. But intersex traits occur naturally, and it’s not a disease or condition that affects baby’s physical health…

8 Misconceptions, Myths About Being Intersex Debunked

October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day, the anniversary of the first protest against medical harm to our community in the United States. And we’ve come a long way since that day in 1996, but I’m still not surprised to hear that many queer allies don’t yet have a solid concept of what exactly it can mean to have an intersex body…

What Dating As An Intersex Person Taught Me About Self-Acceptance

As a preteen, all I wanted was to be feminine; I wanted to wear pastels, go shopping for my first big-girl bra, and talk about boys. I figured that dressing as girly as possible would help me fit in, despite my body’s differences. I wanted boys to like me, not make fun of me for being too manly…

We Must Stop Forcing Conformity on Intersex Bodies

A core aspect of human autonomy and dignity is to be able to make decisions about our own bodies. But each year, doctors around the country continue to perform medically unnecessary, harmful surgeries on intersex infants and children…

9 Young People on How They Found Out They Are Intersex

Intersex people have bodies that are just a little different. While about 98% of human bodies match up with the two paths of sex development we learn about in sex ed, intersex bodies are extra creative…

Medically Necessary Or 'Cruel'? Inside The Battle Over Surgery On Intersex Babies

[M]any intersex adults who underwent procedures as babies have dealt with painful consequences later in life. Now 53, Zieselman has become a part of a growing movement within the intersex community speaking out against surgeries performed on intersex babies. Unless surgery is medically necessary, activists say, doctors should not interfere.

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Intersex Conditions

Being born intersex isn’t limited to ambiguous genitalia. There’s a plethora of intersex conditions, about 150. Some of them require surgical intervention, some don’t. And while the condition is common, there are still a lot of misconceptions about it. Ignorance can lead parents to allow surgical interventions that strip away the autonomy of individuals and expose them to irreversible physical damage…

Intersex activist Tatenda Ngwaru shares her story at Civic Life Lunch

Tatenda Ngwaru, a Zimbabwean intersex activist and asylum seeker, spoke about her life and work yesterday at a Civic Life Lunch hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life…

Growing up intersex in a country where it is believed to be bad luck

Babalwa Mtshawu never experienced puberty. When she was growing up she didn’t get her period or grow breasts like the other girls around her.

Born in Mthatha, a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, she says her family’s conservative nature made it difficult for her to talk to anyone about her body…

Intersex Experience and Fears about "Gay Genetics"

… here is where intersex experience can step in and advise LGBT groups about whether finding a biological “cause” for sexual orientation or gender identity would be a good thing or a bad thing. What our experience shows is that neither finding would be protective.

Indian State Bans Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children

The order bans genital surgeries except in “life-threatening situations,” and warns against surgeons deliberately misinterpreting that clause to continue performing medically unnecessary operations. A committee will be created to define this threshold…

Video Release -- Expressions: Intersex Women

As we wrap up women’s month, we continue to bring you stories of phenomenal women. Today we spotlight the plight of intersex women. Society expects people to conform into either a male or a female, but being Intersex is more complex than that…

Recognising intersex people opens access to fundamental rights in Kenya

Labelling intersex as a third option on the census form seems to be the safer option for the government. It has certainly won over intersex advocacy actors, and for those individuals who sleep and wake up and live in those very bodies…

Professor Morgan Holmes is pushing for change for intersex people, through research and activism

In Canada, most intersex people are diagnosed, then assigned a gender and treated surgically or pharmaceutically to match that gender, either at birth or later in childhood. Holmes and other activists argue that these treatments have lifelong and often detrimental effects on children and should be prohibited…

What happens when your body is both male and female?

These are examples of what would only be the beginning of the unknown traumas that many intersex Filipinos experience in their day-to-day lives. For a majority of them, this “act” would go on well into adulthood — from stuffing bras with pan de sal just to pass as female for a job interview, to quitting swimming because wearing a swimsuit would attract too many questions…

Recent Catholic Statement endangers Intersex Children

Intersex kids who have been subjected to medicalization without their consent often grow up with unnecessary surgeries, secrecy, shame, and life-long trauma. That’s why it’s so troubling to see official Catholic teaching recommending the medical interventions…

Finding Victory: Speaking out for intersex girl after attack

Schofield and her husband decided to call the infant Victory. The name is a hope for triumph over the secrecy and shame and the pain and discrimination suffered by intersex people.

Amie Schofield knows the suffering better than most: This was not her first intersex child…

Intersex Youth React to the Discriminatory Ruling Against Caster Semenya

The highest court in sports ruled in favor of discrimination against intersex athletes by saying that it was necessary for the IAAF, the governing body for athletics worldwide, to require competitors with higher than average testosterone levels to medically alter their bodies in order to compete as women…

The Thin Line Between Surgery and Mutilation

There’s a lot of overlap between surgery on intersex infants and female genital mutilation. So why do we view them so differently?

Last month, many were up in arms about the news that the Justice Department would not defend a federal prohibition on female genital mutilation that was thrown out by a lower court last fall…

What it means to be intersex

For intersex people — those born with sex characteristics outside the traditional definitions of female and male — the stakes to appear “normal” are high. Drawing on her personal experience, Susannah Temko reveals the shame, prejudice and harm faced by the intersex community, as they’re forced to conform to a binary understanding of sex that ultimately hinders their health and well-being…

Adventurous identities: intersex soldiers and cross-dressing women at war

A documentary from the Smithsonian Institute, examining new DNA and physical anthropology evidence, suggests the famous cavalry officer Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779) might have been a woman, or intersex…

Irish Research Council funding new DCU study on the lived experience of intersex people in Ireland

“Internationally, Ireland is now perceived as a diversity positive society, yet intersex people continue to be left behind. It’s wonderful that the IRC have taken this opportunity to fund this project and we hope that it will provide the strong evidence base that will enable real and meaningful change for the better in the lives of Irish intersex people.”

“Tragic and Glorious Pages”: The Evolution of Intersex Rights in Russia and Reframing Law and Tradition to Advance Reform

Russia lags conspicuously behind her fellow developed nations in the realm of intersex rights and advocacy. Russian doctors not only are unapologetic in their championing of nonconsensual, medically unnecessary surgeries, but also acclaim them as scientific triumphs…

Africa Rights Talk: Acknowledging and understanding intersex

In this extended episode listeners are taken on Ronie Zuze’s journey as an intersex person and the misunderstandings and challenges faced. Through their story it becomes clear how decisions taken by family and medical professionals when they were a child, have long lasting consequences…

How do Intersex people navigate life and the medical system?

Insight is Australia’s leading forum for debate and powerful first-person stories…

Happy Valentine's day [from the Green Party]

As FYEG [Federation of Young European Greens], we support intersex people in their struggle for recognition, dignity and rights. We commit to keep fighting for a Europe where everyone can be free and safe regardless of their gender or other characteristics.

On this Valentine’s Day, we’re calling upon all MEPs [Members of the European Parliament] to show their love for intersex people and vote in favor of this crucial motion!

Movie Release -- Ponyboi

Ponyboi is an intersex runaway. He works at a laundromat and hustles as sex-worker. But after a mysterious encounter with a man from his dreams, he learns that perhaps he is worthy of leaving his seedy life in New Jersey behind…

2018

http://aisdsd.org/

Here’s a snapshot of our old website from December of 2018!

See what’s changed and see what’s the same…

Dateline Australia Explains: Intersex

What is Intersex? We asked a bunch of people and no one quite knew. Dateline explains the ‘I’ in LGBTQI…

Born Intersex: we are human! | TEDxJacksonville

Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez is the rare intersex individual whose genitals were not surgically altered at birth. Anunnaki is in the process of receiving a birth certificate recognizing that his true biological sex is intersex and not a disorder…

As an Intersex Person, Coming Out Is a Continual Struggle

Once it was clear that I am intersex, the doctor encouraged me to undergo medical procedures in order to “normalize” and “correct” my body. Like many other intersex people, I was told that I had a birth defect. I was not told that there is no health or medical reason that makes being intersex a “defect”…

Its Intersex Awareness Day - here are 5 myths we need to shatter

Although there are still a lot of misconceptions around the meaning of intersex, there are lots of amazing intersex activists around the world who are fighting to raise awareness and protect human rights…

Intersex human rights: clinical self-regulation has failed

October 14, The New York Times recently disclosed that the Trump administration may seek to redefine gender to refer to two unchangeable biologically-determined sex categories. As can be seen in many of the responses to this proposal, not everyone has innate biological sex characteristics that neatly line up with XX or XY sex chromosomes…

'You can't undo surgery': More parents of intersex babies are rejecting operations

Kristina Turner will never forget the moment doctors at a hospital in Washington state told her something was different about her baby. Shortly after Ori was born in 2007, the medical staff noticed that the infant had abnormal genital swelling. Other than that, doctors assured Turner, everything was fine…

Intersex, and Erased Again

I woke up Sunday morning to the news that the Trump administration is planning changes to federal civil rights laws that would define sex “as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals a person is born with,” and that any confusion would be clarified through genetic testing. Most people have interpreted this effort as a blow to transgender rights — and it is. But amid all this, the fate of intersex people seems to have been forgotten…

The Department of Inhumanity and Ideological Services

A memo was recently leaked from the Department of Health and Human Services. In it, the HHS defines sex as a binary determined by chromosomes (presumed to come in only two forms, XX or XY), and states that sex cannot be changed. The memo has caused outrage…

Colorado Is the First U.S. 'State' to Issue an Intersex Birth Certificate

Anunnaki Ray Marquez is the first intersex person outside of [New York City] to obtain a medically accurate birth certificate…

US Medical Association Stands Against Unnecessary Intersex Surgeries

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), one of the United States’ oldest and largest medical organizations, has issued a policy opposing medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children…

Intersex-Affirming Hospital Policy Guide Published Following First U.S. Legislative Acknowledgement of Non-consensual Surgical Procedures on Intersex People

interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients…

River Gallo: Intersex People Are 'Objectified By The Medical Community'

While the intersex community celebrated a landmark moment this week when California became the first state to condemn surgeries on intersex children, the fight for intersex rights has yet to truly begin. As filmmaker River Gallo says, the first steps are explaining what it is and letting people know intersex people exist…

These Children Aren’t Sick — But They Are Still Having Operations

Attorneys, with focuses as diverse as human rights and science, consider these surgeries to be (at times grievous) bodily harm. But there are virtually never any legal consequences for the doctors who perform them…

Resolution Affirms Intersex Rights, Condemns Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children

“California’s leadership on the protection of intersex children’s rights is not only an expression of solidarity and dignity, but a reminder that doctors take an oath do no harm…”

NetFlix Release -- Follow This: Intersex

[In episode 3 of part 1] Follow This looks at intersex community in Germany. Buzzfeed LGBT* reporter Juliane Löffler examines the issues surrounding people born with genitalia ambiguous between male and female…

Nonconsensual Intersex Surgery as Physical Conversion Therapy

Are the days of conversion therapy over? They are not. I am going to argue to you that “corrective,” “normalizing” surgeries performed on intersex children who cannot give or withhold consent are conversion therapies…

Intersex People Want to End Nonconsensual Surgeries. A California Resolution Is Their ‘Warning Shot.’

A growing number of patients have spoken out in recent years about how surgeries, performed when they were too young to understand—much less give consent—have deprived them of sexual pleasure, sterilized them, traumatized them, or altered their bodies to reinforce a gender assignment that is not theirs…

Book Release -- Raising Rosie

“Loving parents want to believe doctors would only advocate the best options for their children, but this is not always the case. The Lohmans describe their skepticism, how they learned the right questions to ask, and how they questioned harmful, patriarchal practices in medicine…” — Hans Lindahl

Secular Hub Podcast: Episode 17 – Queer Secularism

Meet Kim. Hub founder and leader for years, she recently took the opportunity to visit the Secular Hub and speak about gender identity. Societal norms on the subject are in the process of a great and substantial shift and it’s thanks to all those who have stood up to fight for basic human rights and dignity for so many years… What does it mean to be intersex?

Intersex Studies: A Systematic Review of International Health Literature

The review aimed to explore how people with somatic intersex variations have been studied “as a holistic group” to better understand how the health of “the group as a whole” has been constructed in recent research…

Intersex veteran back in court to fight for passport that reflects gender identity

The battle to get a passport that accurately represents a Fort Collins veteran began in 2014 and continued Tuesday morning with another federal hearing to petition the U.S. State Department for a box other than male or female on the passport application…

Exorcising Intersex and Cripping Compulsory Dyadism

With her thesis Celeste E. Orr explores if and how much intersex existence coincides with disability.

Stemming from their original medically defined ‘disordered’ status, intersex individuals have been fighting to be seen as a variation of people to be respected and not as disordered patients to be fixed…

Reproducing Intersex Trouble: An Analysis of the M.C. Case in the Media

by Jamie M. Lane

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts Department of Women’s and Gender Studies College of Arts and Sciences University of South Florida.

(was added as it lists a number of great references…)

Iceland Violates Human Rights By Performing Surgery On Intersex Children

According to Piet de Bruyn, General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people appointed by the Council of Europe, Iceland has been violating the human rights of countless individuals for decades by performing irreversible surgery on intersex children, RÚV reports…

Intersex babies killed at birth because ‘they’re bad omens’

Because her mother and grandmother — both present at the birth — were “disappointed in the child” and its ambiguous genitalia, the three “agreed to kill the child and be silent [about it]”.

Diagnosing sex: Intersex surgery and ‘sex change’ in Britain 1930–1955

The medical ‘management’ of individuals with atypical sex characteristics, or intersex variations, has been under scrutiny since the beginnings of intersex activism in the 1990s. This article explores a history of intersex surgeries in Britain…

2017

Alicia Roth Weigel: On Coming Out as Intersex in Front of the Texas Legislature

Alicia Roth Weigel has dedicated her career to working with marginalized populations and advocating for women’s rights. But up until this year, the 27-year-old carried a secret about her identity and didn’t feel safe advocating for her own rights and needs…

Germany: Personal Status Act Must Allow Third Gender Option for Intersex People

The German Federal Constitutional Court held that the Personal Status Act is incompatible with the German Basic Law, the country’s constitution, to the extent that it only allows the registration of a female or male gender at birth or no gender entry at all. It stated that forcing intersex people to register a gender but not offering a third positive option in addition to male and female violated intersex persons’ general right to personality and the prohibition on discrimination.

7 Major Steps People Took For Intersex Rights In 2017

This November 8 marks Intersex Day of Solidarity. Established by intersex activists, the date marks an important opportunity to do precisely what it says: raise awareness of what it means to be intersex, show solidarity, and recognize that intersex rights are human rights.

Protest Held Outside Lurie Children’s Hospital On Intersex Awareness Day

“When I was one-years old they removed my undescended testes. And when I was 11 they performed a botched vaginoplasty that left me with scar tissue and insensitivity and other problems to make me, quote-unquote, a normal girl. Even though I have XY chromosomes.

I should have been allowed to decide myself. Like all intersex people should be…”

AMSA Issues Statement to Defer Gender “Normalizing” Surgeries for Children Born as Intersex

In recognition of Intersex Awareness Day, the American Medical Student Association joins the call to end medically unnecessary, non-consensual genital “normalizing” surgeries that continue to be performed on intersex youth across the country, despite condemnation from the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and Amnesty International.

HRC Commemorates Intersex Awareness Day with Global Intersex Advocate Interview

After discovering that she was intersex at the age of 22, Irene became one of the very few intersex activists in Russia and Ukraine. She is co-founder of Intersex Russia, which is focused on providing accurate and positive representation of the intersex community in Russia…

Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children Must Stop

Amidst growing concerns within the international medical community about surgical interventions on intersex children, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called for an end to all medically unnecessary surgical procedures that seek to alter gonads, genitals, or internal sex organs of children born with atypical sex characteristics, until the child is old enough to participate meaningfully in decisions about their body and health.

The Washington Post: THEIR TIME

After generations in the shadows, the intersex rights movement has a message for the world: We aren’t disordered and we aren’t ashamed…

Raising Awareness of Intersex Issues

Every Friday night, for years, Mo Cortez and Koomah attended the same youth group. As teenagers, they sat in a room together for hours, neither knowing they each harbored the same secret: they were born intersex.

“We both didn’t talk about it, because there was a lot of shame and stigma,” said Koomah, who goes by one name. “We sat next to each other for years feeling like the only person on the face of the planet…”

Conservative Evangelicals Embrace Intersex Genital Mutilation

A large group of conservative evangelical Christian leaders signed and released a document they call the “Nashville Statement.” … We knew conservative evangelical activists oppose LGBT rights. What’s new is that this declaration officially puts intersex advocacy in the very same boat. Intersex advocates are sinners now…

What’s Truly Outrageous About Intersex?

… Most readers don’t make it to the bottom of the page, apparently, and even among my intersex circles and the rest of my educated friends on Facebook, people are wondering: “Can this be true?”

I was an intersex child who had surgery. Don't put other kids through this.

Doctors and parents are doing irreversible harm solely due to discomfort with difference. We are erased before we can even tell them who we are…

Momentum builds to end surgery on intersex newborns

“I did not want anyone else to go through the loneliness and isolation that I had gone through.” Parents of intersex children need to know that it’s possible to raise healthy, happy kids with the bodies they were born with, says Dr. Baratz…

Performing Surgeries to 'Correct' Intersex Children Is Inhumane and Wrong

Intersex children are often forced by their parents or physicians to undergo procedures that they don’t understand or consent to. Chandler described the trauma of a childhood spent wondering why she needed so many surgeries, and the “internal confusion” the experience caused her…

A Landmark Lawsuit About An Intersex Baby’s Genital Surgery Just Settled For $440,000

After four years in court, a first-of-its-kind legal battle over operating on “intersex” babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia has finally settled for $440,000, according to court records made public on Wednesday…

Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

Children whose sexual characteristics don’t neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.

But now the practice is under assault, as never before. The American Medical Association is considering a proposal discouraging it…

US: Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children

Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today…

Intersex patients 'routinely lied to by doctors'

A leading paediatric consultant told BBC Radio 4 that withholding the truth of patients’ diagnoses had been “widespread”.

Jeanette, now 71, was operated on at the age of 16 to remove her hidden testes. She discovered the truth only when she was 50…

First, Do No Harm: ensuring the rights of children born intersex.

‘Is it a boy or a girl?’ It is often the first question people ask parents about their baby. It’s a question based on the assumption that the world is divided into two groups of people, male and female, and that everyone’s biological and genetic characteristics fit neatly into one of two categories.

But that is not always the case…

Book Release -- None of the Above

“None of the Above is a powerful story of discovering one’s true identity. This book will open hearts and change minds.” — Stephen Chbosky

“None of the Above is a sensitive, beautifully written story, told with heart (break) and humor. Gregorio deftly explores the isolation of being ‘other’ in a highly relatable way. Bravo!” — Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Book Release -- Born Both: An Intersex Life

“Hida Viloria’s touching and generous memoir shines a beautiful light of understanding not only on what it’s like to discover, explore, and own one’s identity as an intersex person, but also on what it means to be human. Through heartbreak and humor, Viloria writes with welcome candor and insight–and shows us that there is so much more beauty, brilliance, and complexity than can ever be contained in the categories ‘male’ or ‘female.'”
―Sam McConnell

Timeline of intersex history

(while curating the Media Library page, this Wikipedia entry was discovered)

The following is a timeline of intersex history…

'I'm Intersex,' A Supermodel Says, Hoping To End Stigma

Saying she doesn’t want other kids to suffer the way she did, supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele has announced that she was born intersex — and she wants to “break the stigma” that can lead to intersex children having surgery to align them with the male or female gender…

First US person to have 'intersex' on birth certificate: 'There’s power in knowing who you are'

Sara Kelly Keenan didn’t think a Google search would change her life. But in 2009, at age 48, a few clicks revealed the truth that her parents and doctors had hidden for decades: Keenan is intersex – biologically a mix between male and female…

2016

Intersex children subject to “unnecessary” medical treatment

Children, whose gender cannot be defined as male or female are often forced by their parents to undergo surgery in an attempt to “normalize” their bodies, according to a UN official.

Charles Radcliffe, head of the UN Free & Equal Campaign, said that this medical procedure could leave “terrible scars”, such as incontinence, loss of sexual sensation and mental illness…

The taboo of Kenya's intersex children

In Kenya children who are born intersex cannot get birth certificates or identity cards, or register for exams.

Gathoni Muchomba is campaigning to get the government to recognize them as a third gender…

In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

On the occasion of Intersex Awareness Day, the United States stands in solidarity with intersex persons around the world.

Intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries that are conducted at a young age without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live free.

UN Free & Equal: Intersex Awareness

The United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm. Help us spread the word!

Kids Born With Disorders of Sex Development

Just like many other 15-year-old boys, Josh* is starting to take an interest in girls. He likes hunting and fishing, and he’s proud to show off one of his big catches, now on a mount and displayed in his bedroom. He’s a big fan of sports, especially the Detroit Tigers, and watching TV shows about ghost hunting is cool in his book.

But Josh struggles with something other 15-year-old boys never have to think about…

Intersex activist calls for increased awareness about ‘corrective surgeries’

Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis called for increased awareness on the impact of sex assignment surgeries on intersex individuals Thursday. “It’s a social emergency…”

This issue of VOICES presents "Normalizing Intersex"

These authors offer an honest look into the lives of people diagnosed as intersex by allowing them to tell their own stories.

Intersex people put gender binary on trial in Karlsruhe

Intersex people want Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court to officially allow them to use their own gender designations rather than relegating them to “male” or “female.” For them, it’s about dignity and recognition…

Kenyan MP pushes for law to recognise intersex people

A Kenyan MP has asked the country’s parliament to pass a law to recognize a third gender to end discrimination against those who identify as intersex…

The Life and Murder of Stella Walsh, Intersex Olympic Champion

On the night she was murdered, Stella Walsh was in a great mood. The Cleveland resident spent much of December 4, 1980, thinking about her two passions: sports and Poland, the country she ran for when she won two Olympic medals…

These Women Athletes Were Barred From Competing Because They Weren’t “Female” Enough

Last summer, 19-year old sprinter Dutee Chand’s ability to compete in the Rio Olympics was in limbo. Her fate was not tied up in her race time, but rather a controversial rule for Olympians that said female athletes could be disqualified if their natural testosterone levels were too high…

The Problematic Ideology of Natural Sex

… science and religion are often understood to be enemies. It’s believed they offer two competing explanations of how the world works. What I want to show you is how, when it comes to understanding human nature, Christianity and Science are in fact complete bedfellows.

The Humiliating Practice of Sex-Testing Female Athletes

For years, international sports organizations have been policing women competitors for “masculine” qualities — and turning their Olympic dreams into nightmares.

Intersex Athletes of the Times

The NY Times Magazine is running a story on the binary sex policing of intersex athletes. Well, I should say, intersex woman athletes–nobody is testing to find out if men who are competing in international sporting competitions have intersex traits. Because what is really at stake here is ideology, not fact…

Oh, I will become what I deserve

After a number of doctor visits, blood tests, a positive test result for testosterone (a hormone typically found in males), and finally a karyotype blood test to determine my sex chromosomes. The doctor called me in with my test results, and they read as follows…

The spectrum of sex development: Eric Vilain and the intersex controversy

As a medical student in Paris in the 1980s, Eric Vilain found himself pondering the differences between men and women. What causes them to develop differently, and what happens when the process goes awry? At the time, he was encountering babies that defied simple classification as a boy or girl…

At 12 I grew a beard and had a period

When Alec Butler was born in 1959 it was assumed Alec was female. But after being brought up as a girl, Alec – now an award-winning writer and film-maker – realised they were intersex…

Intersex conditions pose unique challenges for UNC, Duke doctors

When Georgiann Davis was 17, she underwent surgery to remove what doctors called precancerous ovaries. Years later, as an adult, Davis obtained her medical records. They revealed that what her doctors had removed were actually internal testicles. She said she was never told about her condition.

“Doctors lied to me, and they encouraged my parents to do the same…”

This Girl Has Balls | TEDxUNLV

Are you male or female? This seems to be a simple question, but drawing on her personal experience and research in the intersex community, Georgiann Davis tells us why it isn’t.

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

“The surgeon’s approach was that I didn’t identify as a woman because I didn’t have a vagina,” says Mauro Cabral. After growing up in Argentina being treated as a girl, he discovered at the age of 14 that he didn’t have any internal female organs. Although he had always felt male, and still does, he was forced to undergo surgery to create a vagina…

2015

Beyond 'he' and 'she': The rise of non-binary pronouns

In the English language, the word “he” is used to refer to males and “she” to refer to females. But some people identify as neither gender, or both…

Nicky Phillips at the Laughter Zone 101 Gala

Click here to watch Nicky Phillips, an InterConnect Support Group member, who has made her debut as a stand up comedian!

What Does It Mean To Be Intersex?

If you’ve never heard of intersex, you’re not alone, says Georgiann Davis, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas sociology professor and intersex person…

Welcome To XYSuZ - Long Version

A website for Intersex persons and non-Intersex persons to come and see Intersex from another perspective.

I hope you like it. Visit XYSuZ.com

New YouTube Channel For Intersex Awareness Day

Emily Quinn opens new channel to discuss intersex experiences. Click here to see her first video!

Bailey De Young Opens Up About Her ‘Faking It’ Alter Ego

In honor of Intersex Awareness Day, the actress talks about her MTV character.

10 Awesome Things Intersex Activists Are Doing Around The World

Supported by the Astraea Foundation’s Intersex Human Rights Fund, these activists fearlessly push for our collective gender liberation on the daily–and look good doing it.

Intersex Awareness Day- October 26th

As a child I knew unicorns were not real, but as an adult I learned what it felt like to be some what mythical. In the year 2003, I was in my early 20’s when I decided to further investigate my medical records…

Society should respect intersex people and their identification

Intersex people exist, and it’s time society respects them for who they are—not what everyone wishes them to be.

French Court Recognizes Third Gender Option

A high court in France has officially recognized a third gender option in a case that’s being described in the country as a crucial victory for intersex rights.

5 Things I Wish You Knew About Intersex People

by Georgiann Davis

My colleague asked the host, “What about intersex people?” The host quickly responded in the microphone she was holding, “Intersex? What’s that? International sex?” The audience erupted in laughter…

PBS Digital Studio's First Person "Growing Up Intersex"

Host Kristin Russo talks with intersex activist and blogger Claudia Astorino about societal misconceptions surrounding intersex identity and her mission to end medically unnecessary surgical procedures on intersex children…

Parental choice on normalising cosmetic genital surgery

This editorial by Liao et al and subsequent responses highlight the ongoing clashes of opinion among various clinician specialists and people who live with diverse genitalia.

Intersex Surgeries Are A Human Rights Violation, Says U.N. Group

This week in 2015 the United Nations convened its first meeting to address the issue of human rights violations against people with ambiguous genitalia, also known as intersex.

When Teenage Girls Find Out They're Genetically Male

For Stephanie, telling a partner about her male chromosomes was never a problem—mainly because her first doctor didn’t even tell her about them.

Book Release -- Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis

“Just finished reading this, and I highly recommend it. Academic books are not always beautifully written, but this one was absolutely readable, well-structured and fascinating. The author has a gift for research and for clarity of thought. She elegantly uses aspects of her own story and those of other intersex individuals to draw out and provide concrete examples of the human implications of her research. Even if you don’t think you’d be interested in intersex issues/politics/medical interventions, you will be from the moment you pick up this book…” — Tricia Bogle

New UN Intersex Fact Sheet

“The UN’s new fact sheet provides a poignant summary of various intersex human rights violations and makes a straightforward call for action including outlawing all medially unnecessary procedures on intersex children and ensuring families and children receive adequate counseling and peer support…”

Faking It's' Bailey De Young Teases Upcoming Season!

Check out this video clip! Bailey De Young mentions attending the AIS-DSD Support Group Conference in her latest interview about the upcoming season of MTV’s hit show, Faking It.

How MTV’s Faking It Overcame Its Flimsy Premise

MTV’s Faking It, which premiered in April of 2014, seemed like a show crafted entirely on a flimsy gimmick: Two teen girls, tired of their status as high school nobodies, pretend to be lesbians to become popular and get elected homecoming queens…

Medicine: Disorders of Sex Development

Noi Liang was sitting on a couch in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2009 flipping through her old medical records when she noticed an unusual letter in the file… “The patient is recovering well. As we discussed, I did not reveal the full diagnosis or chromosomal status to the patient.”

My Journey: Two intersex paths that merge into one story

“Telling my story is rather challenging and difficult. Sometimes I wonder why anyone might want to read about me. I remind myself that I have a story to tell to hopefully inform people about intersex…”

Biology that isn't binary

University of Pittsburgh ”Let’s Talk About Sex” article on the greater acceptance of intersex variations in society.

Caster Semenya: I was born like this

Click here to view Caster Semenya’s brave voice in her interview with BBC’s Ben Smith…

Book Release -- Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God

“A lucid survey of the literature about intersex people leads into profoundly helpful reflections on their theological significance, and the consequences for recent Protestant and Roman Catholic insistence on gender complementarity. A rewarding read that provides many insights from the author and the theologians from whom she quotes.” — Tina Beardsley

Faces - United Nations Free & Equal

The United Nations Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world.

Our Own Kimberly Zieselman

Meet 13 Emerging Leaders in Social Justice Selected as Arcus Fellows.

Changing Attitudes Spark Movement Against Intersex Surgeries For Infants & Children

She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls… Only she wasn’t.

Asexuality and Intersex Conditions Are Television’s New Frontier

In the last year or so, the range of sexual and gender identities being represented on television has expanded in new and interesting ways: The USA comedy Sirens has an asexual character, and at the beginning of Season 2, MTV’s Faking It revealed that one of the core characters is intersex.

Malta Passes Law to Ban ‘Normalization’ Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

Malta’s parliament just passed new legislation that allows self-determination of gender (with a simple process to legally change gender), and outlaws unnecessary surgery on intersex babies. This bill makes Malta the first country to ban unnecessary surgery on intersex infants…

This Video Explains What It's Like — And What It Isn't Like — To Be Intersex

A new BuzzFeed video, “What It’s Like to Be Intersex,” is attempting to help the public better understand this “biological variation” and combat stigma around intersex identity.

9 Ways Intersex Youth Want You to Support Them

“For most of my life, I haven’t felt in control of my body. But what I can control is how people perceive this condition and my relationship with it. And I want to say that this is my body. And my story. Let me decide what’s to be done with it.”

"No Regrets?" Nightline on intersex

Thank you to Nightline, AIC Board President Sean Saifa Wall, The Crawford Family and everyone else involved who put their energy and hard work into getting this on the air. We hope our edits can help clarify some lingering questions help heal our community.

When Intersex People are Collateral Damage in Transphobic Battles

As intersex people, we have to deal with a host of issues because our bodies lie between the socially-expected bodily norms of male and female. Our bodies are treated as disordered, as problems to be solved by the medical profession…

Knowing me, knowing you

As the parent of a growing daughter who has a Y chromosome, I find myself both bemused and excited on a daily basis…

Nature International Weekly Journal of Science: Sex Redefined

The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.

Intersex in the Media

Last summer at CONvergence/SkepchickCon, I attended a break out session called “Not Men or Women: Everyone Else in Fiction.” The panel members explored the gender binary and ways to incorporate these types of characters mostly into fiction writing…

2014

Lessons From A Christmas Carol:

A baby was born to parents who had been told, by prenatal ultrasound, to expect a baby girl, had told their family and friends and had equipped themselves with an arsenal of pink baby gear.  At birth…

9 Things You Need to Know About Being Intersex

Faking It’s Bailey De Young and Emily from interAct share everything you need to know about being intersex.

Let’s Move Beyond the Gender Binary: Guest Post by I. W. Gregorio

The gender binary is insidious, impacting our everyday lives in countless ways. I struggle against its restrictions every day in both of my professions. As a female surgeon, I encounter it when my colleague makes an offhand comment about how he prefers it when I don’t wear scrubs (as they’re “so unflattering”). As an author, I see it on the shelves…

Taylor Lianne Chandler... Came Out as Intersex

Of course, Chandler’s story — which she first published in a a Facebook post on Nov. 13 — was only deemed relevant by the media days later, because she supposedly has had a relationship with Olympian Michael Phelps. However, what is most revealing about this slew of headlines…

I'm Intersex and My Body Works Just Fine, Thank You

Emily Quinn is a 25-year-old animator who works at Cartoon Network. She is also intersex. For her this means that, while she has a perfectly normal-looking vagina, it’s not a uterus and ovaries she has inside—it’s a pair of testes.

Emily Quinn Animation for Intersex Awareness Day 2014

Check out this amazing video from Emily Quinn, originally posted on MTV’s Faking It site! Way to shine, Emily!

The XY Chronicles: The Struggle

At the age of 25 I never would have believed that I would be 100% open with the word Intersex and use it as a defining word for who I am.

I am a 25 year old woman, a daughter, a student , and I am Intersex…

The Reaction to Lauren's Secret Was Perfect

In the months following its premiere, MTV’s Faking It got a whole lot of criticism. And even though I’m a huge fan, I’ll admit that at first glance, it looked like it deserved it. Why would any show aimed at teens want to make light of the struggle that so many people face in coming out? But the show has proven everyone wrong, and if you’re not watching, you definitely should be…

I’m Emily Quinn, And I’m Intersex

Emily Quinn To my Friends and Family — oh, and the rest of the world too: I’ve been told it takes balls to be in a PSA like this or to write a letter like this one. No, seriously! I have balls…

MTV’s Faking It character is intersex

In the Season 2 premiere of MTV’s Faking It, which explores the spectrum of sexuality, a main character reveals that she was born with an intersex condition. Here’s what went into that decision — and why it was so important to get it right.

Insight into the Lives of the Intersexed

There are some things about being intersexed that straight-gendered people wouldn’t fully understand because they will never have these particular combinations of experiences themselves. I am going to provide a little insight into our world…

MTV's 'Faking It' to Tell Intersex Story in Season 2

Season one ended with a cliffhanger for Lauren, who flipped out after rumors started flying about mysterious pills she was taking regularly. The season two premiere will reveal that Lauren regularly takes hormones and was born with Androgen Insensitive Syndrome…

Time to End Sex-Testing of Female Athletes

Because of an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy, Dutee Chand, an 18-year-old Indian sprinter, was blocked from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games because her body makes too much testosterone…

5 Myths about #intersex – debunked

I am so, so psyched that MTV is putting a spotlight on intersex… I realized the huge gap in knowledge about intersex even among medical professionals. There is so much work still to be done to create intersex awareness. So [here], the top 5 myths I’ve had to debunk…

AIC plays a role this season in MTV’s new hit show, Faking it!

About a year ago I was contacted about a new show set to premiere that was invested in writing an intersex plot line about one of it’s main characters. I was skeptical, to say the least, that this was just another sensationalist trivialization of intersex people’s experiences. Feeling a large responsibility to represent and defend my intersex community, I cautiously agreed….

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists and Intersex Experience

Recently I spent several days in a public internet group for “gender critical” people, after a few intersex friends voiced some positive things about this line of thinking. Feminists who call themselves “gender critical” are a controversial bunch…

Intersex births pose medical, ethical challenges for families

A whole range of medical conditions fall under the term intersex, a diagnosis where a child’s sex is genetically or sometimes physically ambiguous.

WKAR’s ‘‘Current State” podcast features the issue…

Dalea In COSMOPOLITAN Magazine

Recording artist,  Dalea talks about how having an atypical body taught her to love herself.

Book Release -- Golden Boy: A Novel

“At times this book had me in tears. The hardships and humiliation our society puts on others through deeming some not ‘normal.’ All the tragedies that could be prevented if we just accepted people as they are. All the secrets that kill our soul. For what? All to appease those who are fearful of anyone who is different? Who decides what “normal” is anyway.

This is an intense read, and I adore any author who is able to put such a poignant story together. Really, drop everything, and read this book.” — Debbie Wilson

Guest Post: Invisible Intersex

Amy Buzalsky shared about her experience with growing up as an intersexed individual.

Cis Gender, Trans Gender, and Intersex

 “Is it impossible for intersex people to be cisgender because it is impossible in society to live completely as [an] intersex person with no male or female legal checkbox?”

Book Release -- A Freakish Life, Volume Two

“Once again the story of tenacity despite overwhelming odds wins me over. I could not put book 2 down. I was rooting for the author’s indomitable spirit to win and the resiliency to remain strong. I was not disappointed. The book continued to keep a wry wit and tongue-in-cheek humor firmly in place.” — Sharon Norton

Should We 'Fix' Intersex Children?

Standard medical practice is often to operate to “normalize” genitals, but some families are fighting back…

On Eugenic Abortion of the Intersex

… eugenics never really went away, and it’s operating today through various reproductive technologies such as selective implantation of embryos, and, quite commonly, through prenatal screening for “disorders,” which are then “treated” via “therapeutic abortion.” Among those characteristics that can been screened for and eliminated are those forms of intersexuality with a genetic origin.

5 Best Things About Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome

I have Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and have known since I was 16/17. You probably all know that but just wanted to…

Intersex dating: Finding love across the intersection

There’s a vocabulary of protection used around the intersex community — of “escape” from sex assignment surgery to normalize their genitals, of PTSD and survivorship, of guilt from some whose bodies remain intact… The path to romantic connection with another human can feel isolated and impassible. The risk, impossible.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Testosterone and the Sex Policing of Athletes' Bodies

New policies for Olympic and other international athletes set an upper limit to the amount of testosterone considered “normal” for a woman, and require those women who have natural levels of T that are higher than this to have medical interventions…

Intersex Youth Tell Fox News (and the World) About Challenges They Face

A group of young intersex writers and advocates Monday issued an open letter to Fox News — and anyone else who doesn’t know about their gender identity and the challenges they face in society — in the wake of Fox commentators’ dismissive comments…

2013

A New Era for Intersex Rights

When Ambrose was twelve years old, he began to take female hormones. At eighteen, he prepared to undergo a vaginoplasty, the surgical reconstruction of the vagina. Suffering from depression, Ambrose contemplated suicide. “I knew that I wasn’t a girl,” he later told a reporter. The following year, Ambrose obtained his medical records, and discovered what had happened to him as an infant: “I was sterilized at birth—and no one ever told me…”

Book Release -- A Freakish Life, Volume One

“A Freakish Life is a coming-of-age story in the 60’s and 70’s of New England and yet it is so much more: dealing with parents and all the angst that comes from their lack of acceptance (“As Is”: a perfect example of a pseudonym if ever there was one. Also perfect for the wit and humor throughout the book.), trying to determine who is friend, who is enemy and how to handle them, school (especially junior high with all its pitfalls), society and the twist and most importantly finding the answer to “Who am I?”, what is my place in society? My calling? The author deals with these topics honestly and sometimes painfully…” — Sharon Norton

3rd International Intersex Forum

Between 29 November and 1 December 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents. Read the public statement by the Forum here…

Special report: Intersex women speak out to protect the next generation

The women argue that their very existence has been “eradicated” by British society. Generations of children have been operated upon to “normalise” their genitals or sexual anatomy, while official documentation, from birth certificates to passports, requires a male or female box to be ticked. They argue it’s one of the last “human rights taboos” in the western world…

It's time to defend intersex rights

… The Senate Committee has been highly critical of current practice, saying that while enormous medical “effort has gone into assigning and ‘normalising’ sex: none has gone into asking whether this is necessary or beneficial”. In calmly restrained parliamentary language, they described this as “extremely unfortunate”.

Intersex woman: 'This pink and blue thing is nonsense'

Sarah Graham, an intersex woman and counsellor, said there was “absolutely no visibility for intersex people in the world”.

She said many intersex people were happy with their gender, but “it would be nice… to have a box where you can choose to come out… as an intersex person.”

 

German Law: Parents of Intersex Kids Can Pick 'Gender Undetermined'

On Nov. 1, Germany became the first European nation to recognize a third gender for babies born with ambiguous genitalia. No longer will newborns be rigidly assigned to male or female…

October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day

People with Intersex or DSD conditions grapple with obtaining sensitive and transparent healthcare and finding places of social and psychological support in a world that continues to promote a dogmatic gender binary in addition to the layering of our many identities including race, age, class, gender identity, citizenship, sexual orientation and disability…

Missoula couple spreads 'No Body Is Shameful' message

Eden Atwood rehearses last week with Maris Maddux-Ward, right, for a benefit concert in Missoula where they’ll be joined by Huey Lewis and other musicians. The concert benefits The Interface Project, whose mission is to gather and share stories of people living with an intersex condition.

Australia can lead the way for intersex people

These are heady times for Australian intersex people. Last week, the Senate issued its second report backing an intersex-inclusive anti discrimination bill…

Do No Harm: Intersex Surgeries and the Limits of Certainty

The suit asserts that there was no medical need for this surgery, which was meant to permanently “fix” this child and turn him into an unequivocal girl, but it did him more harm than good. M.C., now eight years old, feels more like a boy, lives as a boy, and heartbreakingly has asked his mother, “When will I grow a penis?”

Parents of Intersex Child Sue Over 'Unnecessary' Surgery

A South Carolina couple is suing the state’s Department of Social Services, a hospital, a medical school and individual hospital employees, alleging that a “medically unnecessary” genital removal surgery violated their adopted intersex child’s constitutional rights…

Does the presence of intersex people mean the end of gender?

Box Office Bioethics 2012-2013 winner: This film was submitted by the team One KX to Box Office Bioethics, a student film competition run by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Intersex: Straddling the sex divide

“The doctor had to put … one of those wood[en] vices and literally break my pelvis bone. It was a nightmare,” Haligowski recalled this incident which happened 20 years ago, with a shudder.

Medical nightmares like this are not uncommon in the intersex community…

OAS IACHR Intersex Human Rights Hearing

“This video is from my testimony at Organization of the Americas (OAS) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) hearing on Intersex Human Rights. This is an abridged version…” — Pigeon Pagnosis

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

It’s Not Anecdotal.

TRIGGER WARNING: This post talks explicitly about medical “treatments” experienced by some intersex people, including vaginal dilation procedures.

I have been struggling a lot lately. I don’t often talk about my own medicalization, except to say that it wasn’t consensual and it messed me up…

Hypospadias: Intersexuality and Gender Politics

If you are looking around for information about intersexuality, one of the first things you’re likely to read is that “most intersex children are assigned female at birth.” This is in fact false…

'Beyond the Gender Box': Intersex and the city

For Braxton, there was much more to “get” than just his drag queen persona. Coming of age in Kansas City in the 1960s and ‘70s, Braxton began growing breasts at a time when other boys’ genitals were growing instead…

UN Condemns “Normalization” Surgery for Intersexuality

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT) just released a statement condemning the medical profession’s nonconsensual treatment of intersexuality…

Just-So Stories about Hermaphrodite Fish

The intersex nature of the bluebanded goby is erased or distorted in most descriptions of the fish, because our society is so invested in the idea that sexual dyadism is natural and universal that we can’t see evidence to the contrary right in front of our eyes.

2012

The Second International Intersex Forum

Between 9-11 December 2012, the second International Intersex Forum took place in Stockholm. This event brought together 37 activists representing 33 intersex organisations and supportive institutions from all continents…

Hyperandrogenism and Intersex Controversies in Women's Olympics

International sports governing bodies such as the International Association for Athletics Federation and the International Olympic Committee have recently revised their policies for inclusion of athletes competing in women’s international sports competitions…

South Africa marks International Intersex Awareness Day

Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) has released a statement in support of International Intersex Awareness Day, which has been marked on 26 October since 1996…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Child’s-Eye-View on Intersex:
X-Men = Awesome.

Hi, everyone! I’ve been thinking about how my views about what intersex is, who I am, and what it means to be/identify as intersex have changed drastically over time…

Book Release -- Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite

“‘Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite’ by Lianne Simon is a warm, engaging and very poignant novel about a teenager coming to terms with the person she really is. Set against a backdrop of the Vietnam War, it accurately reflects the tone of the times. While some kids are dying for naught in a far off place, other, more privileged ones attend college on student deferments and speak little of politics and war. Jamie, the main protagonist, is portrayed as a very believable character, a person who was born with a rather rare intersex condition known as Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis. This manifests in Jamie in a partial male chromosomal genotype, a shortness of stature, an elfin and feminine appearance and a semblance of the genitalia of both the sexes...” — Samuel Rafael

Intersex people in EU: ashamed and invisible

[I]ntersex people in the EU live largely in the dark.

“There is very little knowledge about intersex people… It is a part of our society that is entirely hidden,” Silvan Agius, a researcher at the Brussels-based NGO Ilga-Europe and co-author of a new study on the subject, told EUobserver

Trans and Intersex Children: Forced Sex Changes, Chemical Castration, and Self-Determination

Intersex and trans adults are often despairing over not having had a say as children over what their sexes should be, and how doctors should intervene. Meanwhile…

Being intersex: 'I went from being my parents' son to a daughter'

She was initially assigned as a male with what people thought was a very small penis. She was named Bruce and taken home from the Auckland hospital she was born in… A year later, in 1954, doctors discovered she had a uterus.

Movie Release -- Intersexion

 The documentary bears witness not only to the traumatic history of intersex suffering at the hands of medical science, but also to the power of community formation and mobilization as intersex activism has challenged the pathologization, physical mutilation and disempowerment perpetrated in the name of science and social conformity…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Out of the Grey, Off of the Spectrum

I have been starting to read and watch more intersex books and films, in order to educate myself about what intersex resources are out there…

How Common is Intersex Status?

If you poke around the internet trying to find out how common it is for a person to be intersex, you may well wind up frustrated that nobody seems to have a precise figure to give you…

Intersex bodies brought into the ordination debate

Intersex conditions undermine the assumptions about the clear delineation between male and female which underpin the theology of Christians that oppose women bishops.

This is the argument of a new paper, Intersex and Ontology, by Dr Susannah Cornwall…

The Intersex Roadshow: On Sex/Gender Checkboxes

Day in and day out, sex and gender minorities are boxed in by being confronted with sex/gender checkboxes. This starts the moment we are born…

Book Release -- Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex

“This book provides a fantastic history of the Intersex movement. For those who think that Intersex conditions are a modern invention, you will have to prepare to have your world rocked. Reis provides a great analysis of medical documents dating back to early American history. By examining these documents she positions Intersex patients not as abnormal, but as a normal human difference. She examines the cyclical nature of doctor’s views on Intersex conditions, then provides her own thoughts on how the 21st-century deals with these conditions. All in all, a five-star book.” —  Daniel Fielding

2011

Intersex Awareness Day

This provocative documentary [One In 2000] demystifies the issue of sexual difference. At a time when five babies a day in the United States are having “gender reassignment” surgery, it argues that there is little evidence that such surgery is beneficial to the child…

The 14 days of intersex

October is a significant month for intersex. October 26 marks the beginning of the Fourteen Days of Intersex with Intersex Awareness Day (IAD)…

Discrimination and Harmful Treatment of (suspected) Hermaphrodites in Sports

[S]ince the decision to abandon the mandatory sex tests for women athletes, and replacing them with discretionary tests for individual athletes on grounds of “suspicion” or “challenge” (as the IAAF policy tellingly puts it), for (suspected) intersexed athletes the situation grew considerably worse…

The Intersex Roadshow: Intersex Fertility

My daughter’s gestation was perfectly “natural,” I should point out–but I carried her, and I was never of the female sex; I am diagnosed as “true gonadal intersex.”

First ever International Intersex Forum

The world’s 1st International Intersex Organising Forum took place in Brussels between 3-5 September 2011. The historic event brought together 24 activists representing 17 intersex organisations from all continents…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

It Still Hurts. But That’s Actually Okay.

It’s funny. I thought that becoming an activist, in some ways, meant that by virtue of doing work to raise awareness, generate discussion, and build community, that a sticks-and-stones kind of approach to ignorance would overtake me. That I’d just be more or less immune to ignorant comments, that I could just brush it off and never think about it again…

INTERSEX EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION: TITLE VII AND ANATOMICAL SEX NONCONFORMITY

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the most visible law that protects private employees from discrimination based on sex. Remedial statutes must be construed broadly, yet it is not clear how broadly “sex” is defined under the statute. Everyone agrees that Title VII at the very least protects women from discrimination because they are women and protects men from discrimination because they are men. But what of the intersex people in the United States whose genetic and biological characteristics do not place them neatly into one of the two common biological sexes?

Forum focuses on intersex individuals

Intersex people are all around us, according to Dr. Veronica Drantz, a professor at North Shore and DePaul universities. Drantz challenged the notions of sex and gender that we’re taught in school, where she says it’s “the male, the female—the end.” Drantz said that there are a wide variety of people that fall in between…

UCSF's support group for parents of intersex kids

Jeanne Nollman was a later bloomer.

She waited and waited for puberty to hit, and when she was 17 and still nothing had happened, she got tested – and found out she had a rare condition called Swyer syndrome…

Contemporary Intersex Activism

Melissa’s interest in contemporary intersex activism prompted an analysis of Barbin as “one of the major precursors to these movements, especially since s/he is one of the first intersex individuals to translate his/her lived experiences of sexual ambiguity into writing.” The study of Barbin’s memoirs, she argues, is relevant and important when considering modern intersex issues in France, the United States, and the rest of the world…

Intersex Genitalia Illustrated and Explained

There is a lot of variation in how the genitalia develop from person to person in all of us. Nature provides us with a wide spectrum of forms, onto which our society imposes two absolute categories of male and female…

Intersex research on conference agenda

“Intersexed children are forced to have surgery – their only crime is that they are born different,” says Sterling. “My research is looking at why the law of ‘informed consent’ is not helping these people and why such surgeries still continue…”

Filmmaker Traces Evolution of ‘Intersex’

To amplify the voices of people with intersex conditions and to shed light on the medicalization of intersex identities, The Women’s Center handed the microphone at an event Friday to documentary filmmaker Robin Honan and intersex historian Elizabeth Reis to vocalize the crossroads of medical and social thought on intersex bodies…

Intersex Babies: Boy or Girl and Who Decides?

… he knew something was wrong and, battling depression, sought his medical records when he was 19.

“I knew that I wasn’t a girl,” he said.

What Bruce discovered was horrifying. “I was sterilized at birth — and no one ever told me,” he said.

The Phalloclitoris: Anatomy and Ideology

The Western medical establishment is deeply invested in the ideology of sexual dyadism: the idea that there are two very different sexes with two very different sets of genitalia. When children are born with…

My Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Story

I have Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, and this is my story about my experiences and what has happened so far…

2010

Genetic switch for determining gender identified; Gene linked to so-called 'intersex' families

An international team of researchers has identified a gene that appears to be an important switch in determining whether the biological program for the development of gender will go according to plan, or if, when mutated, will cause a glitch in the program…

Audio Release -- Alice Dreger: The Intersex Body

In this program, Alice Dreger addresses the human experience of being born with a body that does not fit the usual definitions of male or female. Now called “persons with intersex,” these people were once referred to as hermaphrodites. Dreger’s lecture touches on what, historically, happened to people with intersex and incorporates insights that can be gleaned from the narratives of those living with sex anomalies.

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Intersex Is Entertaining!:
Freaks and Geeks

Welcome back for another round of dissecting how popular entertainment perceives intersex individuals, and how closely these perceptions track reality….

Do I Have the Right to Marry Anyone?

We have very different bodies, different “conditions,” but we share key experiences that bind us closely. And one of those shared experiences is a constant feeling of unease with regulations and categorizations–marriage laws…

The Intersex Roadshow: Does It Get Better?

In the homophobic and transphobic cauldron of many American schools, large numbers of LGBTI teens are driven to despair, and some to its ultimate expression in suicide…

Interphobia--Not Cured by Hiding Us Away

The problem of bias against intersex people: Which, following the conventions of the terms homophobia and transphobia, I’m terming interphobia.

Deaf Children, Intersex Children, and DSDs

I want to explain a division in our community, between intersex advocates and partisans of the terminology of “DSDs”…

Sex, Intersex, and the Making of “Normal”

Physicians have had a long, painful relationship with those born with intersex conditions, or atypical sex development. Two recent controversies have highlighted this uncomfortable history…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Intersex “Treatment” Trauma
and Sexual Abuse Trauma:
Not So Different

I have been thinking about medical procedures and “treatments” intersex individuals are often forced to undergo without consent, and how they can easily be viewed as abusive. Specifically, many procedures are akin to sexual abuse…

Five Myths that Hurt Intersex People

I’ve had conversations with intersex acquaintances about painful situations in which (nonintersex) people have accused my friends of not “really” being intersex. These are some central myths that come up over and over again…

Caster Semenya Returns to Compete; Petition to the International Olympic Committee Regarding Intersex Athletes

In a statement posted late last month, Caster Semenya, the South African runner and world champion announced her plans to return to competition, despite the IAAF’s refusal to release the results of her “gender tests”, citing a violation of her rights through their quest to police and “determine her sex”…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Should The Snail Be Salted?

So, one thing that’s bothered me a little bit is intersex symbolism. You’d think this would be more straight-forward than it is, but it’s not for a lot of reasons.

One such reason is that there’s not good consensus on what it means to be intersex, both within and outside of the medical community…

Intersex and Sports: Back to the Same Old Game

… The Miami proposals make no sense from a sports perspective. Plenty of anomalous conditions give athletes advantages – some men naturally have very high levels of testosterone, or especially efficient oxygen processing. Simpson himself admitted in his interview with The New York Times that some people just have a natural biochemical advantage of one sort or another. But we don’t require “treatment” before those nonintersex athletes are allowed to compete. And we sure as heck don’t decide who will be rigorously tested against biochemical fairness standards by sending around nude photographs of them to special doctors.

Policing the Policing of Intersex Bodies: Softeningthe Lines in Title IX Athletic Programs

Great athletes are both born and made. Perhaps it is unsurprising, then, that organized sports have historically aspired to regulate both the nature and nurture of its participants. The underlying principle of athletic competition is fair play—consistent with the sporting world’s widespread condemnation of performance-enhancing drugs. But fair play is not synonymous with egalitarianism; nor could it be, given that inborn physical advantages are simply not doled out impartially…

Movie Release -- Orchids: My Intersex Adventure

Documentary filmmaker, Phoebe Hart, comes clean on her journey of self-discovery to embrace her future and reconcile the past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition…

2009

www.aissgusa.org (Indiana University Bloomington)

Here’s a snapshot of our website from December of 2009 as kindly hosted by the Indiana University in Bloomington!

See what’s changed and see what’s the same…

The New Yorker: Either/Or

Caster Semenya, the current world champion in the eight hundred metres, was a member of the Moletjie Athletics Club until a year ago. She was born in Ga-Masehlong, a village about fifteen miles from the track, and she was, Coach Sako said, “a natural.”

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

Dr. Oz Takes On Intersex

Dr. Oz had a segment on intersex, “When the Sexes Collide,” on his show, Dr. Oz.. I can’t say I’m crazy about the segment’s name, as it serves to promote the humans-can-be-hermaphrodites myth, but the segment’s heartfelt nature and generally good overview of many issues facing intersex individuals and their families almost justifies the dubious name…

intersex and the law

Intersex has become the focus of public interest because of the media storm around the questioning of Caster Semenya’s sex. Our exemplary post-apartheid Constitution of 1996, with its Bill of Rights and Equality Clause, seemed at first glance to afford intersexed South Africans unassailable legal protection. But…

Journal Release -- GLQ: Intersex and After

In this special issue of GLQ, experts from a variety of disciplines discuss the future of treatment for people with intersex conditions—those born with ambiguous genitalia—and consider what intersexuality means for theories of gender…

Intersex disorder doesn’t make a woman less of a woman

… AIS is a disorder that the majority of the industrialized world struggles to understand, and this child, from a third world country, is having her diagnosis broadcast across the Internet and TV screens throughout the world. This child is 18 years old. What must she be going through?

Actually, I know. I am Intersex.

The uncertain sex: 'Nothing in nature is normal'

The world is often divided into the two sexes, but where do those born with an uncertain gender stand…?

Caster Semenya - An Intersex Perspective

Controversy and a lot of prurient interest exploded into the news this week when South African Caster Semenya outran her competition in the 800m world championships by a more than two second lead, only to be accused of cheating by being intersex.

Opening up about intersex

When she was getting her bachelor of arts degree at UBC, Nicky Phillips had all of the usual preoccupations of students, like studying for exams and going on dates. The Hamilton, Ontario, native wasn’t at all prepared to get the biggest shock of her life at the age of 25…

We're all intersex

Stevens had been told for most of her life that she was a boy, but in her 20s had discovered the truth about her sex — that she had been born a hermaphrodite, and that doctors had conducted surgeries on her genitalia as an infant. After learning the news, she consulted her priest, who said that while God usually condemns suicides, for her he might make an exception…

Full-Frontal Activism: Intersex and Awesome

What’s Up With This Blog?

Hi, everyone! Whether you sought out this site or unintentionally linked to it (and found yourself saying “Huh? Intersex what?!”), WELCOME!

Book Release -- Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes

“The scripted play of conception, gestation, and birth is explored in this interesting, informative book. Sometimes all the things that should happen, when they are supposed to happen to produce a “boy” or a “girl”, go array. These newborns may or may not appear to be out of the “ordinary” at birth, but later on in life they may have problems mostly brought on by the binary gendered society they live in.” — Roberta Westerberg

The Intersex Roadshow: We've Always Been Here

When is the last time somebody told you that there is not such thing. . . as you?

(A blog about various intersex issues)

The Intersex Peep Show: No, You Can't Look in My Pants

It can be disconcerting and creepy to realize that someone you don’t know is thinking about your genitalia, requesting a photograph…

On Being Called a "True Hermaphrodite"

The medical terminology for a person born with an ovotestis is “true hermaphrodite.” Today I’m going to post on what I hate about that term, and what I don’t…

Transphobia and Intersex Experience

I woke up this morning to a set of transphobic comments on my last blog post. Rather than mope, I thought I’d use this as a teaching moment…

Intersected, Transsected: The Intersex / Trans Nexus

Intersex and trans people share some deep common experiences. Yet we often find ourselves prickling at comments made by people in the “other camp.”

Intersex Roadshow: Intersex 101

In our society, it’s common to think that all people are born either male or female. But the biological truth is that sex is a spectrum…

Intersex Roadshow: A Personal Introduction

I’m Cary, and my sex is neither male nor female; I’m intersexed. I was born that way…

(A blog about various intersex issues)

2008

The Leonard Lopate Show: Intersexuality

We look into how people who are have ambiguous genitalia or a combination of male and female body parts cope in a gender-based society.

Atlanta’s Intersex Police Officer Seeks Awareness

Harris noted the discovery [she was intersex] confirmed her lifelong awareness that she did not fit the mold defined by most of society…

She has since derived an unprecedented sense of freedom and a release from the frustration she carried for years. She sees this experience as a healing process.

Dr. Katrina Karkazis on Intersex Individuals

[In episode 8] Dr. Katrina Karkazis discusses intersex individuals, previously known as hermaphrodites, and her new book titled Fixing Sex…

Book Release -- Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience

“For those following the Intersex community and their often heartbreaking stories, the book can be painful to read. But Ms. Karkazis tries to present the material not as an advocate, but as a medical ethicist and she succeeds brilliantly in shining much light on a lot of dark histories [that] are still threatening to all involved. It’s in dealing with these bioethical questions the book finds its greatest success. She balances the choices parents and doctors made for infants with the anger and helplessness of those children who had to actually live with those decisions. She also points out how adherence to ‘normality’ and the gender binary had everything to do with many of these (often for the worse) life-altering decisions…” — Gina R. Morvay

ESTATE PLANNING AND THETRANSGENDER CLIENT

For the purposes of this Article, the term “transgender” is meant to be broadly interpreted to include transsexuals, crossdressers, gender-queer, and androgynous persons, rather than as the more restrictive use often found in the legal system where transgender tends to be used interchangeably with transsexual…

(The article also includes legal issues affecting intersex individuals)

2007

Mani travels via Hawaii to USA

In a rushed end-of-year trip, New Zealand intersex activist Mani Mitchell travels via Hawaii to USA linking up with Max Beck, Milton Diamond, Cheryl Chase and the Intersex community…

What Intersex Local Hida Viloria Didn't Tell Oprah: How Hermaph-tivists Pander To Homophobes

The 39-year-old [Hida] Viloria appeared on the talk show as part of a special program discussing intersex people who are born with male as well as female sexual traits, although those dual traits don’t always appear outwardly. For most of America, it was probably the first time they’d ever heard the word “intersex”…

Growing Up 'Intersex', Going on Oprah

Katie Baratz ’07 plans a medical practice that will include treatment of intersex conditions. Find out about intersex, why she went on the Oprah show to discuss it…

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Growing Up Intersex

Are you a male or a female? Simple question, right? For them, the answer is much more complicated…

Movie Release -- XXY (Spanish)

Alex Kraken is a 15-year-old intersex person, born with both male and female genitals, who has been living and presenting herself as female and using medicines to suppress masculine features, such as a beard, and to attempt to have more feminine features. At the time of the movie, Alex has recently stopped taking her medication without telling her parents, which will cause her masculine features to begin to develop more..

International: Intersexuality Is A Human Rights Issue

Since the mid-50s, all over the West those people who had been classified as intersex at the time of birth or in their early infancy by health professionals, have been and are subjected to a variety of sociomedical procedures… In the decades since this model for care was established, a very high number of Intersex infants have been subjected to these “corrective” and “normalizing” practices, without having the opportunity to provide or deny their consent and, in may cases, without having access to their clinical records even when they reach adulthood.

I Am Me (my life as an intersexual)

A Poem By Christy Galbraith

I don’t choose blue and I don’t choose pink, A boy or a girl I must be or so you think…

Expert on Intersex Studies to Speak at Ithaca College

Alison Redick… An assistant professor of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, conducts research on the history of science and medicine; feminist theory and epistemology; the American eugenics movement; and representations of race, gender and sexuality. She is currently completing a book based on her dissertation, “American History XY: The Medical Treatment of Intersex, 1916–1955.”

Gender Identity and the Military - Transgender, Transsexual, and Intersex-identified Individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces

For a majority of Western society, the body can only assume two biological forms, the male body and the female body. This binary view of the body and its subsequent interpretations through birth sex and gender appears to be a settled known, and many of our American institutions, such as the military, base their regulations and personnel policies upon this traditional view…

STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation

StopIGM.org / Zwischengeschlecht.org, founded in 2007, is an international Human Rights NGO based in Switzerland. It is led by intersex persons, their partners, families and friends, and works to represent the interests of intersex people and their relatives, raise awareness, and fight IGM practices and other human rights violations perpetrated on intersex people…

2006 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist health care professionals in the provision of diagnosis, treatment, education, and support to children born with disorders of sex development (DSDs) and totheir families…

(historic original guidelines developed by an intersex run group)

2006 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood

If you’ve just found out your child has some kind of disorder of sex development (called a DSD for short), you may be feeling confused and stressed. We hope that this handbook will help you begin to answer these questions…

(historic original guidelines developed by an intersex run group)

2006 Teaching Intersex Issues

Teaching Intersex Issues is designed for undergraduate classes and offers instructors a two-week unit on intersex issues in a format that can easily be added to existing syllabi, expanded to constitute an entire course, or trimmed down to a few class sessions…

(historic original guidelines developed by an intersex run group)

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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