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Category Archives: Human Rights

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 to end this human rights abuse, following Malta and Chile. Time for the United States and all other nations to follow suit!

Read more about the IDAHOBIT Forum here.

Portugal will ban surgeries on intersex babies

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, & Transphobia

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community in observing the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia, and although there is not consensus, we also support the inclusion of Interphobia as Intersex people suffer greatly due to anti-queer prejudice. #idahobit2017 #idahot2017 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

Boisseau Lobbies for Easily Accessible Non-binary Passports

OII-USA’s New England Director Vickie Boisseau, pictured above with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, recently brought the issue of the need for accurate gender recognition of non-binary people to the Senator’s attention. We are strong supporters of everyone’s right to have their gender accurately legally recognized, and thank Boisseau for… Continue Reading

Our E.D. Hida Viloria in Rolling Stone magazine!

Our E.D. Hida Viloria in Rolling Stone magazine!

  We are thrilled to report that our E.D. Hida Viloria was featured in Rolling Stone magazine, in an interview about he/r new memoir Born Both: An Intersex Life, which hit stores last week on March 14th. Viloria discusses issues of gender, racism, non-binary identity, discrimination, love and more. Please enjoy and share widely! Continue Reading

E.D. Viloria in The Daily Beast on Intersex Discrimination by the TSA

E.D. Viloria in The Daily Beast on Intersex Discrimination by the TSA

  Our E.D. Hida Viloria discusses how some intersex people are discriminated against by the TSA simply because of the sex characteristics we were born with in he/r latest essay “Fear of Flying–or at Least the TSA–While Intersex.” We thank The Daily Beast for helping to bring attention to the discrimination intersex people face by… Continue Reading

Intersex Activists Draft Bill SB1342 to Protect Intersex Infants!

Intersex Activists Draft Bill SB1342 to Protect Intersex Infants!

Mo Cortez, Koomah, and Interact Advocates for Intersex Youth have done something fantastic: Bill SB 1342! It’s a bill: “Relating to prohibiting nonconsensual genital surgery on certain minors with intersex traits.” See the following from The Houston Intersex Society on how you can get involved. It’s one of the first known Intersex protecting bills ever… Continue Reading

Our E.D.’s Intersex Memoir Hits Stores Tomorrow!

Our E.D.’s Intersex Memoir Hits Stores Tomorrow!

In a world that desperately needs to hear intersex stories, we are thrilled that tomorrow, March 14th, our E.D. Hida Viloria’s memoir, Born Both: An Intersex Life, will become the first book by an intersex author to be published by a Big Four publisher! This sends a strong message that people want intersex voices to… Continue Reading

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