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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 oppose it, like the one quoted below:
“We can’t even make a decision about letting transgender people use a certain bathroom. I disagree that this society is ready for a third sex.”
— Dr. Clare Close

Years ago a different doctor, Kenneth Glassberg, invoked the same “society is not ready for intersex people” rhetoric on ABC News’ 20/20. It was 2002, so he didn’t use the transgender comparison, but a racial one, stating that, “Society can’t accept people of different colors, now we’re suppose to accept someone whose genitals don’t match what their gender is? I do not believe society is ready for it.”

As a friend of mine said back then: Intersex people are not some new invention that people have to be “ready for”! Indeed, we’ve existed since the dawn of time, and what we need is to be accepted, not eliminated because we face discrimination. After all, what a sad world it would be if we eliminated all the communities who were victims of discrimination. This astoundingly backward logic and the nonconsensual medical treatments it supports have got to end!

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-lawmakers-consider-banning-intersex-surgeries-5/704045375

Our Founding E.D. Reflects on Intersex Pride on Oprah

Our Founding E.D. Reflects on Intersex Pride on Oprah

“I wouldn’t be a ‘regular’ woman if you paid me: this is who I want to be.” — Hida Viloria Our founding E.D. Hida Viloria​ reflects on being he/r authentic intersex self on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Intersex Pride on Oprah #intersex #IntersexEquality #ComingOut #BornBoth #LGBTI #Latinx Continue Reading

Great video of Sara Keenan’s Historic Intersex Birth Certificate

Great video of Sara Keenan’s Historic Intersex Birth Certificate

We prefer the 1.7% statistic for #intersex people, as it includes all the different types, unlike the 1 in 2000 statistic used in the video, which only refers to intersex people with ambiguous genitalia, but we still love this video, and the historic event it commemorates. Tx Sara Kelly Keenan for demanding intersex recognition! #IntersexID… Continue Reading

UN Releases “Intersex Awareness” Video!

UN Releases “Intersex Awareness” Video!

Today, in light of the upcoming #IntersexAwarenessDay, the UN Free & Equal Campaign released the video “Intersex Awareness”. The video, which is filmed without dialogue n order to be universally appealing and understood by people of all language groups, features the experience of an expecting family where the mother gives birth to an intersex baby,… Continue Reading

Fantastic Video About Dana Zzyym’s Non-Binary Recognition Lawsuit!

Fantastic Video About Dana Zzyym’s Non-Binary Recognition Lawsuit!

Today, Lambda Legal, who are representing our Associate Director Dana Zzyym (who uses they/them/their pronouns) in a historic federal lawsuit to be recognized as a non-binary intersex person, argued Dana’s case in court and released this fantastic 1 minute video, featuring Dana speaking about the importance of this lawsuit for them as a non-binary intersex… Continue Reading

We Celebrate IDAHO-T w/Fantastic New UN Video!

We Celebrate IDAHO-T w/Fantastic New UN Video!

We would like to wish all our comrades in the LGBTQIA community a very happy IDAHO-T Day (Int’l Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia). Whether we grow up to be LGBT or not, all intersex people are vulnerable to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia if our differences are detected at birth or in childhood, because the… Continue Reading

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

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

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