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We are thrilled to see more intersex advocates following our lead by discarding the use of medical terms such as “DSD” (representing “Disorders” or “Differences”, “of Sex Development”) to describe us, and instead using “Intersex” exclusively in this video, “What It’s Like Being Intersex”!
In 2011, OII-USA was founded with the same mission as the international OII, and became the only U.S. intersex advocacy organization working towards de-pathologization by rejecting the label DSD and promoting “intersex” visibility, nomenclature and rhetoric, as well as human rights, such as bodily integrity and self determination, for intersex people. We’ve had many successes along this front, such as spearheading the first global call for human rights by and for “intersex people” (rather than “people with DSDs”), to the U.N. OHCHR, and E.D. Viloria’s highly circulated essay, “What’s In A Name: Intersex and Identity“, which elaborates on the benefits of using “intersex” rhetoric.
We give big thanks to AIC’s Sean Saifa Wall and Pidgeon Pagonis – whom we advised from 2012 through ’14 on the benefits of referring to the community exclusively, outside of cliinical settings, as “Intersex”- for doing just that in this well made, fun, positive, educational short video! Hurray! Although AIC still uses DSD, this is great step towards building “Intersex” pride and unity within the greater intersex community, which, along with OII-USA, rejects DSD (as confirmed in a recent medical study). We thank them for moving in this direction, and thanks also to fellow video participants Emily Quinn and Alice Alvarez for being openly intersex and proud! :)