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Category Archives: For Allies

Remembering the Intersex Day of Remembrance: or, The Herms Are Alive…

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 (Austria, home of Sound of Music…  now do you get the subtitle of this post?). :)

“Never before have I spent time with such a large, caring, intelligent, fun group of people that are truly interested in Inter* people and how they can welcome us into the community and support our human rights efforts,” said E.D. Hida Viloria, who was invited by VIMO (aka OII Austria), and Platform Intersex Austria (PIA), to present at the 6-8th. Viloria held two 3 hour workshops alongside fellow activists Dan Christian Ghattas and Del LaGrace Volcano, of OII Europe, and also presented a keynote lecture at Vienna’s City Hall.

We would like to extend a special, deep felt thanks to organizer and ally extraordinaire Paul Haller, and the entire organizing team of Angela Libal, Katharina Aichinger, El Fischer, Orlando Brix, Nin* Langer, and Luisa Böckmann, for giving of your time and yourselves to make this event such a fantastically enjoyable, as well as educational, event!  The inter* brunch in particular, on the final day, Sunday Nov 8th, was truly a great way to celebrate Herculine’s birthday with our fellow herms!!! :) 



Viloria featured in Buzzfeed piece about intersex activism and the Intersex Fund!

We are honored to be listed with these other fantastic intersex activists and advocacy organizations in this great piece in Buzzfeed about the Intersex Fund, created by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. All the grant recipients are doing fantastic, invaluable work, and we send big thanks to Buzzfeed for the coverage and to Astraea for… Continue Reading

OII-USA Dana Zzyym’s Lawsuit in Newsday!

This great piece in Newsweek accurately describes Dana’s case, points out that some intersex people, unlike Dana, identify as men or women (as we have always made clear), and even features a great pic of Dana and Paul Castillo, the Lambda Legal staff attorney representing Dana in this lawsuit. Big thanks to Newsday for giving… Continue Reading

OII-USA awarded intersex grant by Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice!

We are proud to announce that the Intersex Campaign for Equality, aka OII-USA, has been awarded a grant by the Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation’s Intersex Human Rights Fund, The first of its kind, the Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical… 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

OII-USA has a fiscal non-profit sponsor!

We are thrilled to announce that OII-USA, aka the Intersex Campaign for Equality, is now able to receive tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC)! ARC is a non-profit organization founded to secure equal protection for, and broaden judicial and public recognition of, children’s legal and human rights… Continue Reading

UN creates Intersex Fact Sheet & features Viloria in video!!!

Our deepest thanks and gratitude goes to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for their work to include intersex people in the struggle for human rights, by engaging with intersex activists such as our very own Hida Viloria, to create the fantastic Free & Equal Campaign’s Intersex Fact Sheet,… 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

Watch fantastic intersex documentary INTERSEXION

If you haven’t caught it yet, this documentary is a must see. It speaks with a diverse group of intersex community members from around the world to explore the human rights violation of nonconsensual, medically unnecessary “normalizing” surgeries — a.k.a. Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) — which intersex people routinely face in the first world. Made by Cannes… Continue Reading

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