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NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

 
 

New York City has issued its second intersex birth certificate, and the second known in the nation, to our E.D. Hida Viloria, and we are thrilled to see a government body once again acknowledging that sex comes in three categories: male, female and intersex!

This is fantastic news given the medical industrial complex’s historic and continued efforts against intersex people’s right to be recognized as who we. Just last month, pediatric urologist Dr. Clare Close did so publicly on Las Vegas Now News while opposing Nevada Bill SB 408, which seeks to ban sex reassignment surgeries on intersex infants. “We can’t even make a decision about letting transgender people use a certain bathroom. I disagree that this society is ready for a third sex,” said Dr. Close. Fortunately, former legislator Dr. Andy Eisen, testified in favor of the bill.

Whether some like it or not, intersex people have been here since the dawn of humanity and we are finally stepping out in droves and demanding to be recognized for who we are. We thank intersex activists Dana Zzyym, our Assoc. Director, for initiating the fight for non-binary gender recognition on their passport (with a groundbreaking lawsuit filed on Intersex Awareness Day 2015), and Sara Kelly Keenan, the first non-binary Californian and the recipient of the nation’s first intersex birth certificate, for their pioneering work in forcing United States government bodies to acknowledge that intersex people exist, and that biological sex is not simply male or female.

We also celebrate last weeks decision by the state of Oregon to allow residents to list their sex as “X” (representing “not specified”) instead of M or F on their driver’s licenses, and California, New York and D.C. for working to follow suit!

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

As reported in Time, Oregon has become the first state to offer a non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses. Effective July 1st, residents will be able to select an “X”, representing “not specified”, instead of an M or F as their gender—with no doctor’s verification needed! According to reports, those speaking in favor of adding… Continue Reading

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

  “[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post “Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The… Continue Reading

California Bill Pushes for Non-Binary Option on Driver’s Licenses!

  We are so happy to share this news, as reported by Buzzfeed, about California Bill SB 179, which aims to allow California residents to choose a non-binary gender on their driver’s licenses. We are also immensely grateful to intersex activist Sara Kelly Keenan for initiating non-binary gender recognition in California, and to non-binary youth… Continue Reading

E.D. Hida Viloria in Psychology Today

E.D. Hida Viloria in Psychology Today

“I want parents to know that intersex kids can decide who they are for themselves and have that turn out beautifully.” — Hida Viloria Our E.D.’s interview Born Both: Intersex and Happy, in Psychology Today, covers bodily autonomy, parental decision-making, positive identity and much more. Enjoy and please share with parents and stakeholders in particular.… Continue Reading

Portugal Seeks To Ban Sex Reassignment Surgeries on Intersex Infants!

Portugal Seeks To Ban Sex Reassignment Surgeries on Intersex Infants!

As reported in the Gay Star News, as part of the discussion earlier today at the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), celebrated on May 17th, Forum this week in Brussels, Portugal announced legislation aimed to ban medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex babies. Brava Portugal! If passed, Portugal will become the third country… Continue Reading

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community in observing the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia, and although there is not consensus, we also support the inclusion of Interphobia as Intersex people suffer greatly due to anti-queer prejudice. #idahobit2017 #idahot2017 Continue Reading

Doctors Reevaluate “Disorders of Sex Development”!

“Based on their results, the authors recommend that the DSD term be updated through a collaborative effort between the medical, research and advocacy communities.” — from “Term ‘Disorders of Sex Development’ May Have Negative Impact” OII and OII-USA have advocated against the stigmatizing, harmful term “Disorders of Sex Development/DSD” since it was introduced in 2006,… Continue Reading

Nevada Bill SB 408 Seeks to Ban Nonconsensual Intersex Surgeries!

Hurray for Nevada Bill SB 408, which seeks to ban Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), aka nonconsensual sex reassignment surgeries on intersex babies! Thanks also to activist and scholar Dr. Georgiann Davis, author of the fantastic Contesting Intersex, for speaking out in favor of it on Las Vegas Now News. Boo, however, to the doctors who… Continue Reading

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