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Category Archives: Human Rights

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 educating congress members about this issue, particularly on behalf of intersex people, who are subjected to harmful, irreversible cosmetic genital surgeries as infants and minors precisely because of the notion that all humans are male or female–or should be.

We said at the outset of our Associate Director Dana Zzyym’s groundbreaking lawsuit for federal recognition as a non-binary person on their passport, on Intersex Awareness Day 2015, that intersex people must be recognized as citizens under the law in order for the injustices we face to end. In November, 2016, the judge found that the State Department violated federal law in denying a passport to Zzyym, a Navy veteran who is intersex and identifies as non-binary.
The State Department denied Dana’s application because Dana could not accurately choose either male or female on the form, which does not provide any other gender marker designation.

In his ruling, Judge R. Brooke Jackson stated that he found “no evidence that the Department followed a rational decision-making process in deciding to implement its binary-only gender passport policy,” and ordered the U.S. Passport Agency to reconsider its earlier decision to deny Dana a passport. Now, Lambda Legal is urging the State Department to issue accurate passports for non-binary people, and Boisseau’s efforts educating about the issue are commendable.

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

More Americans Receive Non-binary Gender Recognition!

More Americans Receive Non-binary Gender Recognition!

“I hope that more people will feel empowered to challenge the norms, to see that our sexual anatomy is on a spectrum and that gender is really socially constructed.” — David Cameron Strachan As reported by NBC News on Wednesday, February 15th, three more Californians –David Strachan, 69, Char Crawford, 32, and Xin Farrish, 34–… Continue Reading

Global Intersex Activists & The Guardian on Intersex Birth Certificates

Global Intersex Activists & The Guardian on Intersex Birth Certificates

Bravo to Sara Kelly Keenan and to The Guardian for this respectfully written and well researched article, featuring fantastic interviews with Keenan–the first U.S. citizen to be issued an “intersex” birth certificate (from New York City)–her husband, and others. We have long spoken about the fact that in order for nonconsensual surgeries, aka Intersex Genital… Continue Reading

E.D. Hida Viloria quoted in People Magazine

E.D. Hida Viloria quoted in People Magazine

Today, People Magazine quotes our founding director Hida Viloria about the recent historic development in NYC! Last week we shared the great news that NYC had issued a groundbreaking intersex birth certificate—to the fantastic Sara Kelly Keenan, who is also the first non-binary Californian— and we are grateful for all the media coverage which has… Continue Reading

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