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Intersex Californian becomes 2nd US citizen to attain nonbinary gender recognition!

Intersex Californian becomes 2nd US citizen to attain nonbinary gender recognition!

Yesterday, in a Santa Cruz California courtroom, Sara Kelly Keenan became the second U.S. citizen—and the first California resident—to legally change her gender from female to “non-binary.” Keenan, a retired paralegal, was inspired to petition the court for a gender change to “nonbinary” by Jamie Shupe’s similar victory in Oregon this past June.

 

We thank and salute Sara Keenan for taking this pioneering step for intersex, trans and noxnbinary people to be able to be legally recognized as who we are, and judge Robert B. Atack, who signed off on the gender change. “I’m 55 years old, this doesn’t really change my life very much,” Keenan told NBC OUT. “But I want to leave the world a better place for younger intersex people. This represents a huge opportunity for acceptance and awareness for young non-binary and intersex and trans people—and for their parents.”

 

Elizabeth Reis’s excellent piece on pronouns in the NYT

Elizabeth Reis’s excellent piece on pronouns in the NYT

In the essay “Pronoun Privilege,” published in Sunday’s New York Times, fantastic scholar and intersex ally Dr. Elizabeth Reis takes a look at the issues involved, from a professor’s perspective, with making people disclose their preferred pronouns to a group of strangers. Reis — who some of you may remember published the essay, “Divergence or disorder?: the politics… Continue Reading

Watch Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis on Transparent!!!!

Watch Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis on Transparent!!!!

Fabulous News Everyone: Episode 1, Season 3 of award-winning television series #Transparent features #intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis in a scene with Jeffrey Tambor! Pagonis shared that they regret that the discussion of non-consensual surgeries they had filmed didn’t make it in, however, Pidgeon — who is non-binary and uses “they/them/their” pronouns– was able to mention… Continue Reading

Happy Bisexual Awareness Week to all!

Happy Bisexual Awareness Week to all!

As #Bisexual Awareness Week 2016 kicks off today, we would like to acknowledge our support and solidarity with the bisexual community. We recognize and acknowledge that many of our partners, spouses and loved ones are bisexual, and that both the bisexual and intersex communities are stigmatized because we challenge binary, heteronormative expectations. Please forward this reading… Continue Reading

Teen Vogue Discusses Heteronormativity’s Negative Impact on Interex People

Great Teen Vogue article, “Why Heteronormativity is A Bad Thing”, discusses the negative ways in which heteronormativity impacts intersex people and promotes Intersex Genital Mutilation/IGM (aka nonconsensual “normalizing” surgeries). Please enjoy and share this educational, intersexionality exploring piece.  VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail Continue Reading

Support Justice for Shanthi Soundarajan!

Support Justice for Shanthi Soundarajan!

Intersex women athletes need our support – please sign the petition for Shanthi Soundarajan! http://thappad.in/petition/shanti/   With the advent of the Olympics in Rio, we have seen a wave of discriminatory attitudes against intersex women in the press, disguised as “concern” over the fact that women with naturally high testosterone levels (known as hyperandrogenism) will… Continue Reading

Dana Zzyym’s Intersex Lawsuit in the NY Times!

Our own Dana Zzyym’s groundbreaking lawsuit for legal gender recognition as an intersex person on their passport made the New York Times today, in an article titled, Intersex person Dana Zzyym denied passport, sues U.S. government. Please read and share widely. :) We thank and commend Dana and their legal representatives at Lambda Legal for… Continue Reading

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