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Support intersex people’s right to exist this Giving Tuesday!

Imagine if the U.S. Government finally acknowledged that intersex people exist? Not only would this be critically useful in attaining equality for intersex people, but you can help make it a reality this Giving Tuesday by supporting OII-USA, and our Associate Director Dana Zzyym’s historic lawsuit for recognition of non-binary intersex people! A recent example… Continue Reading

Remembering the Intersex Day of Remembrance

November 8th is the Intersex Day of Remembrance, a.k.a. Intersex Solidarity Day, and this year OII-USA celebrated the occasion with a fantastic group of Inter* folks (as we call ourselves in some parts of Europe) and allies in Vienna.  :) “Never before have I spent time with such a large, caring, intelligent, fun group of… Continue Reading

OII-USA’s Dana Zzyym Sues U.S. State Department for the Right to be Legally Recognized as a Non-binary Intersex Person!

OII-USA’s Dana Zzyym Sues U.S. State Department for the Right to be Legally Recognized as a Non-binary Intersex Person!

***  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  *** Denver, CO, October 26, 2015. Today, Intersex Awareness Day, 2015, Lambda Legal filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on behalf of OII-USA Associate Director Dana Zzyym, for Zzyym’s right to have their gender accurately represented as neither male nor female on their passport. Zzyym, a disabled Navy… Continue Reading

Buzzfeed article questions nonconsensual surgeries

This article provides in depth coverage of the groundbreaking South Carolina lawsuit by the Crawfords, parents of M.C., an intersex boy, against the doctors who operated on him. Great quotes by the Crawfords and OII-USA’s Hida Viloria. Some of the doctors interviewed expound deep prejudice against intersex traits, specifically ambiguous genitalia, and there are some… Continue Reading

U.S. finally begins to acknowledge “Intersex Genital Mutilation”!

We are very pleased and excited to see this recent piece titled, “Infant Intersex Surgery: Genital Mutilation in the U.S.?“, in Law Street Media! OII-USA, along with other advocates, has always considered medically unnecessary, non-consensual, “normalizing” genital surgeries and medical treatments of intersex people to be a human rights violation akin to Female Genital Mutilation… Continue Reading

Victory for Dutee Chand and intersex female athletes!!!

Victory for Dutee Chand and intersex female athletes!!!

Early today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled to allow Indian athlete Dutee Chand the right to compete as a woman, since being banned last July under sports regulations for women with naturally high testosterone levels (a.k.a. hyperandrogenism).  We celebrate this victory not just for Dutee, but in a long battle fought by… Continue Reading

UN OHR Report states no intersex child should be subjected to medically unnecessary procedures!

On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2012, OII-USA Founder and Executive Director Hida Viloria spearheaded the world’s first united call for human rights by intersex advocates, in he/r, “Open Letter: A Call for the Inclusion of Human Rights for Intersex People”, signed by the over thirty international intersex organizations participating at the Second International Intersex Forum… Continue Reading

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