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Category Archives: Non-binary / Gender

Non-binary refers to people whose gender identity is not exclusively male/man or female/woman. It includes herms, androgynes, two-spirit, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender, intergender, neutrois, and other people who do not identify within the male/female binary. We note that interex people have the same range of gender identities as non-intersex people, which means that some of us have nonbinary gender identities which match our bodies. This page is for issues/events concerning all non-binary people, because we recognize that people with non-binary gender identities share similar experiences and perspectives, whether intersex or not, and thus work in coalition with other non-binary communities.

Fight for Non-Binary Passport Continues!

Fight for Non-Binary Passport Continues!

 
 
As reported in a press release yesterday, Lambda Legal has filed a motion to reopen the case of Dana Zzyym, our Associate Director, for non-binary gender recognition on their passport. Zzyym, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them/theirs pronouns, is the first non-binary American to sue for the right to accurate federal gender recognition, and the Court issued its ruling in their favor on November 22, 2016.

The ruling stated that the earlier decision to deny Zzyym an accurate passport without a male or female gender marker was “arbitrary and capricious,” and directed the State Department to reconsider. However, after several months, the State Department issued a second denial last month.

Lambda Legal Counsel Paul Castillo said:
“Several countries issue passports with gender markers other than ‘F’ or ‘M, and just this past month, Oregon officials unanimously voted to allow state residents to select ‘X’ as a gender marker for their drivers’ licenses and state IDs. And it looks like other states will soon follow suit. If Oregon can do it, why can’t the U.S. State Department?”

This is the second time that the State Department’s failure to issue Dana a passport has interfered with Zyzzym’s ability to perform their work as an intersex human rights activist, by preventing them from representing us at the International Intersex Forums, which took place in Mexico (2014) and the Netherlands (2017), respectively. “The State Department’s inaction, and subsequent groundless denial, continues to prevent Dana from traveling and from doing their job as associate director of the Intersex Campaign for Equality and to advocate for the rights of intersex individuals both here and abroad.”

The Department has stated that it will issue Zzyym a passport only if they identify themselves as male or female, which would be biologically inaccurate as they were born intersex, as well as inaccurate because Dana self-identifies as neither a man nor woman, but as non-binary. “The State Department is in effect forcing me to lie about who I am, and I’m not going to do that. No one should be forced to lie about who they are,” Zzyym said.

We’re proud of and grateful to Dana for continuing to fight for what we all deserve: the right to be recognized as who we are!

https://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20170626_state-department-denies-intersex-citizen-passport-again

NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

NYC Issues Second Intersex Birth Certificate!

    New York City has issued its second intersex birth certificate, and the second known in the nation, to our E.D. Hida Viloria, and we are thrilled to see a government body once again acknowledging that sex comes in three categories: male, female and intersex! This is fantastic news given the medical industrial complex’s… Continue Reading

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

Oregon becomes first state to offer non-binary driver’s licenses!

As reported in Time, Oregon has become the first state to offer a non-binary gender option on driver’s licenses. Effective July 1st, residents will be able to select an “X”, representing “not specified”, instead of an M or F as their gender—with no doctor’s verification needed! According to reports, those speaking in favor of adding… Continue Reading

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

Intersex Memoir Praised in The New York Times, Washington Post & More!

  “[A] poignant and powerful story.” – The Washington Post “Viloria does us the even greater service (it’s more of a gift, really) of showing us what it means to live not just as both a man and a woman but also as a third gender that eventually emerges as the right one.” — The… Continue Reading

California Bill Pushes for Non-Binary Option on Driver’s Licenses!

  We are so happy to share this news, as reported by Buzzfeed, about California Bill SB 179, which aims to allow California residents to choose a non-binary gender on their driver’s licenses. We are also immensely grateful to intersex activist Sara Kelly Keenan for initiating non-binary gender recognition in California, and to non-binary youth… 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

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

Sex-Positive = Intersex-Positive in Huffington Post

Sex-Positive = Intersex-Positive in Huffington Post

    Our E.D.’s latest essay, “Remember: Sex-Positive = Intersex-Positive,” in Huffington Post Queer Voices, examines the intersectionality of feminism and intersex issues by exploring medical and social views towards clitoral reduction surgeries on intersex baby girls and future women. Enjoy and please share widely to educate about how intersex issues are feminist issues. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sex-positive-intersex-positive_us_58e6d8d7e4b0acd784ca56cd?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003 Continue Reading

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