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U.S. Includes Intersex People in Bans on Sex Discrimination in Federal Health Care!

U.S. Includes Intersex People in Bans on Sex Discrimination in Federal Health Care!

On May 13th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a 362-page rule on the Obamacare/Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557, the provision of the law which bans sex discrimination in health care, which included the statement: “… the prohibition on sex discrimination extends to discrimination on the basis of intersex traits or atypical sex characteristics.” This is great news as it means that discrimination against intersex Americans by federally funded health programs is illegal!

The ruling makes the U.S. the second nation that we are aware of to include  “intersex” under “sex” in a government ruling banning sex discrimination. In January, 2006, South Africa ruled that discrimination against intersex people is unfair, on a federal level, based on the grounds of sex, thanks to the work of the late, great intersex activist Sally Gross, Founder and Director of Intersex South Africa. Sally, who is featured in the excellent New Zealand documentary Intersection, became aware that the definition of sex could be amended in South Africa’s Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, which governs judicial interpretation of their Equality Clause. As Sally explained:

“Going through it, I realized that… Adding two definitions—“‘sex’ includes intersex” and “‘intersex’ means a congenital   a congenital sexual differentiation which is atypical, to whatever degree”—would make intersex part of the meaning of “sex” in the Equality Clause.”

The HHS decision to include intersex people under the Affordable Health Care Act’s policies against sex discrimination was made in response to comments issued during public hearings by the legal team at InterACT (formerly Advocates for Informed Choice), an intersex youth advocacy organization. We give big thanks to InterACT for their advocacy for equitable health care for intersex people, and to the HHS for acknowledging that discrimination against intersex people is sex discrimination!

 

 

 

 

Davis on Deconstructing Intersex & Trans Medicalization Practices

Davis on Deconstructing Intersex & Trans Medicalization Practices

Congratulations to Georgiann Davis for another fantastic publication (If you haven’t checked out Contesting Intersex yet, you must). We look forward to reading, “Deconstructing Intersex & Trans Medicalization Practices” (co-authored with Jodie Dewey and Erin Murphy), now out in Gender & Society, and thank and applaud Dr. Davis for being a dedicated advocate and a critical, intelligent intersex… Continue Reading

We Celebrate IDAHO-T w/Fantastic New UN Video!

We Celebrate IDAHO-T w/Fantastic New UN Video!

We would like to wish all our comrades in the LGBTQIA community a very happy IDAHO-T Day (Int’l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia). Whether we grow up to be LGBT or not, all intersex people are vulnerable to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia if our differences are detected at birth or in childhood, because the… Continue Reading

Genderqueer Intersex Activist Running for Office in India!

Genderqueer Intersex Activist Running for Office in India!

We congratulate and thank Gopi Shankar for zis brave, wonderful work representing intersex and genderqueer/non-binary people in India, and will be watching and rooting for zim! Read Gopi’s interview here: http://newstodaynet.com/tamil-nadu/ze-wants-bring-about-change-society.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail Continue Reading

Lambda Legal Blasts State Dept in Zzyym’s Gender Recognition Lawsuit

Last Intersex Awareness Day, 2015, our Associate Director Dana Zzyym, who uses they/them/their pronouns, and Lambda Legal, the country’s largest, oldest LGBT civil rights organization, announced that they were suing the U.S. Department of State for denying Zzyym a passport that accurately reflects their sex and gender. Today, Lambda Legal staff attorneys urged the U.S. District Court… Continue Reading

Chilean officials oppose “normalization” surgery for intersex children!

Chilean officials oppose “normalization” surgery for intersex children!

The Chilean government is urging doctors to stop performing “normalizing” genital surgeries, a.k.a. Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM)! In a “document the Chilean Ministry of Health released last week expressed its opposition to “unnecessary ‘normalization’ treatments of intersex children” that include “irreversible genital surgeries until they are of a sufficient age to make decisions about their… Continue Reading

Viloria Published in College Textbook by Oxford University Press

Viloria Published in College Textbook by Oxford University Press

ICE E.D. Hida Viloria’s essay, “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity”, was published this month in the college textbook, Queer: A Reader for Writers, by Oxford University Press. The book includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, and was developed for courses in first-year writing. It provides students with the rhetorical knowledge and… Continue Reading

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