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Human Rights Watch calls on American Academy of Pediatrics to Stop IGM!

Human Rights Watch calls on American Academy of Pediatrics to Stop IGM!

 
Excellent article from Human Rights Watch calling on the American Academy of Pediatrics, convening this weekend in Chicago, to endorse what we intersex activists have been advocating for decades: a moratorium on medically unnecessary, nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants and children, also known as Intersex Genital Mutilation, or IGM!

“Human Rights Watch and interACT are joined by United Nations experts, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International, every major LGBT legal organization in the US, three former US surgeons general, and intersex-led organizations around the world in calling for an end to medically unnecessary non-consensual surgeries on intersex kids.”

Big thanks to Human Rights Watch’s Kyle Knight for authoring this piece, and for the hyperlink (“intersex-led organizations”) acknowledging intersex activists and organizations including Intersex Campaign for Equality (aka OII-USA) in initiating the call for an end to IGM!

Intersex Doctor Speaks Out Against IGM in THE NATION!

Intersex Doctor Speaks Out Against IGM in THE NATION!

      A decade ago, our E.D. appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show with the author of this excellent piece in The Nation, and we thank Dr. Katharine B Dalke for her continued efforts to end medically unnecessary nonconsensual surgeries on intersex minors, aka Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM). Please share! Continue Reading

Rights group calls on US to end surgeries on intersex children

Rights group calls on US to end surgeries on intersex children

    The report, “I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me: Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US,” was released earier this week, on July 25th. In yesterday’s article, “Rights group calls on US to end surgeries on intersex children,” The Jurist covers the 160-page report, produced by Human Rights Watch and… Continue Reading

Former U.S. Surgeon Generals Call For Moratorium on  Medically Unnecessary Intersex Infant Surgeries!

Former U.S. Surgeon Generals Call For Moratorium on Medically Unnecessary Intersex Infant Surgeries!

In a stunning victory for intersex advocates, three former United States Surgeon Generals published a paper yesterday, titled “Re-Thinking Genital Surgeries on Intersex Infants,” which calls for a moratorium on performing medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children! The paper’s authors, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Dr. David Satcher, and Dr. Richard Carmona, the 15th, 16th and 17th… 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

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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