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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 be competing, without taking unnecessary drugs to lower their T levels. In case you are new to this issue, you can find a dearth of articles about it (in the “sport” section under “topics” at oii-usa.org) which examine how all the top scientists have found, after years of research, that having high levels of natural testosterone does NOT give women athletes a competitive advantage. Yet, their vilification continues, and some, like Shanthi, are still suffering from having their career and livelihood stripped from them.
 
OII-USA has always stood against this discrimination against intersex women athletes, with our E.D. lobbying for their rights since 2009 (as then OII World’s Human Rights Spokesperson), on television, in print, and as a participant at the IOC’s 2010 Meeting of experts on the topic. In 2012, as OII-USA E.D. and OII World Chair, Viloria brought the issue, and all intersex human rights abuses, to the attention of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, mentioning Caster and Shanthi by name, in a letter signed by almost every intersex organization in the world, and has published on the issue in numerous venues such as the American Journal of Bioethics, Ms. magazine, the New York Times, and The Advocate.
 
We have made much progress in educating the world that intersex people deserve to be treated equally, and that intersex women with hyperandrogegism do not have an “unfair advantage”, but there is more work to be done. Please show that you denounce this kind discrimination and support intersex women athletes being treated equally by signing the petition to restore #Justice for Shanthi Soundarajan!
Fantastic Video About Dana Zzyym’s Non-Binary Recognition Lawsuit!

Fantastic Video About Dana Zzyym’s Non-Binary Recognition Lawsuit!

Today, Lambda Legal, who are representing our Associate Director Dana Zzyym (who uses they/them/their pronouns) in a historic federal lawsuit to be recognized as a non-binary intersex person, argued Dana’s case in court and released this fantastic 1 minute video, featuring Dana speaking about the importance of this lawsuit for them as a non-binary intersex… Continue Reading

Lambda Legal Says: State Dept Got it Wrong, Intersex Citizen Dana Zzyym Deserves a Non-Binary Passport!

Lambda Legal Says: State Dept Got it Wrong, Intersex Citizen Dana Zzyym Deserves a Non-Binary Passport!

*** For Immediate Release, from Lambda Legal *** State Sept Got It Wrong in Denying Passport to Intersex Citizen, Lambda Legal Tells Court “Dana was denied a passport, an essential identity document, and in effect is under nationwide house arrest just for being honest…. This country is better than that.” (Denver, CO, July 20, 2016) – Lambda Legal… Continue Reading

Our Own Dr. Dani Harris’s Petition for Police Training Reform

Our Own Dr. Dani Harris’s Petition for Police Training Reform

The Intersex Campaign for Equality supports all members of the intersex community regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability, and we, like many, have been deeply saddened by, and are deeply concerned about, the slew of killings and violence witnessed against Black Americans by police officers over the past days, months,… Continue Reading

Read Intersex Narratives in New VOICES Issue

Read Intersex Narratives in New VOICES Issue

We are very pleased to share “Normalizing Interex”, the latest issue of VOICES: Personal Stories from the Pages of NIB. NIB, The Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, published these personal narratives from intersex people, including our own Hida Viloria, last year, and they are now openly accessible to all here in VOICES. The narratives focus on our experiences with… Continue Reading

Watch Award Winning Documentary ONE IN 2000

Watch Award Winning Documentary ONE IN 2000

“One in 2000 shows that truly effective care for intersex people means recognizing that there are many paths to health and happiness and that the real experts on intersex are the people themselves.” —Thea Hillman, Intersex Author “Fabulous-real, relevant, scientific, personal, and important… it should be offered in every medical school.”   — Jan Schwartz,… Continue Reading

Inspirational “Thoughtful Tuesdays” message from Dr. Dani Lee Harris

Inspirational “Thoughtful Tuesdays” message from Dr. Dani Lee Harris

Dr. Dani Lee Harris is a retired police officer, adjunct professor, author, activist and the first openly intersex Grand Marshall of a Pride Parade, in their hometown of Atlanta Georgia. Dani is also ICE’s Southeastern Regional Representative, we are proud to say, not just because of his tremendous accomplishments and dedication to human rights, but… Continue Reading

Fantastic Canadian Radio Interview about Intersex People & IGM

Fantastic Canadian Radio Interview about Intersex People & IGM

Morgan Holmes is a professor of sociology at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, who has published two books on intersex medicine and the law, including Intersex: A Perilous Difference. She is also one of the world’s earliest known intersex activists, and the first openly intersex person who our founder and E.D. saw a picture of, in a 1995… Continue Reading

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