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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 Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

Viloria published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

OII-USA E.D. Hida Viloria’s essay, “Promoting Health and Social Progress by Accepting and Depathologizing Benign Intersex Traits”, has been published in the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics fall issue, which features a Narrative Symposium on Intersex. From the NIB website’s description of the symposium: What are the joys and heartaches faced by people diagnosed intersex? These symposium authors… Continue Reading

How Common is Intersex? An Explanation of the Stats.

The most thorough existing research finds intersex people to constitute an estimated 1.7% of the population*, which makes being intersex about as common as having red hair (1%-2%). However, popularly misinterpretted, much referenced statistics would have you believe are numbers are much lower. Here’s why. Some groups use an old prevalence statistic that says we… Continue Reading

New study confirms OII’s message: we are “Intersex”, not “DSDs”!

A recent study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology (March 16, 2015), titled, “Congenital adrenal hyperplasia patient perception of ‘disorders of sex development’ nomenclature”, found that: “71.0% disliked or strongly disliked the term DSD. 83.6% stated they did not identify with the term DSD. 76.0% felt that the term DSD has a negative… Continue Reading

Calling all intersex folks who underwent surgeries!

If you are an intersex person who underwent non-consensual, medically unnecessary surgery(ies) — a.ka. intersex genital mutilation/IGM — please take the time to complete this survey if you can. We desperately need statistics about the “treatments” we are subjected to. Thanks in advance! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/intersexed_life_survey Continue Reading

Hida Viloria at Genital Autonomy 2014 Symposium

We’re very pleased to announce that Hida Viloria will be presenting on “normalizing” cosmetic genital surgeries of intersex infants and minors, and the importance of accurately framing these procedures as human rights violations, rather than “medical treatment”, at The 13th International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights, “Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change”,… Continue Reading

Another great article questions “fixing” intersex children

We are thrilled to see more and more public attention and scrutiny of the human rights violation that intersex children are routinely subjected to, in the form of having their genitals cut without their request or consent, which we call Intersex Genital Mutialtion/IGM. Read here: http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/07/11/growing-pushback-against-surgically-fixing-intersex-children/ Continue Reading

The Atlantic questions “fixing’ intersex children

This piece examines the practice of surgically attempting to “fix” intersex babies and minors — a.k.a. intersex genital mutiltion/IGM – and the current legal case of the rawford family, who is suing the doctors who operated on their intersex son before they adopted him, and the state of South Carolina (his legal guardians at the… Continue Reading

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

Between November 29th and December 1st 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents. The Forum was organized by ILGA Europe’s Silvan Agius and Ruth Baldacchino, and three intersex activists selected from an open… Continue Reading

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