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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.

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 historic and continued efforts against intersex people’s right to be recognized as who we. Just last month, pediatric urologist Dr. Clare Close did so publicly on Las Vegas Now News while opposing Nevada Bill SB 408, which seeks to ban sex reassignment surgeries on intersex infants. “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,” said Dr. Close. Fortunately, former legislator Dr. Andy Eisen, testified in favor of the bill.

Whether some like it or not, intersex people have been here since the dawn of humanity and we are finally stepping out in droves and demanding to be recognized for who we are. We thank intersex activists Dana Zzyym, our Assoc. Director, for initiating the fight for non-binary gender recognition on their passport (with a groundbreaking lawsuit filed on Intersex Awareness Day 2015), and Sara Kelly Keenan, the first non-binary Californian and the recipient of the nation’s first intersex birth certificate, for their pioneering work in forcing United States government bodies to acknowledge that intersex people exist, and that biological sex is not simply male or female.

We also celebrate last weeks decision by the state of Oregon to allow residents to list their sex as “X” (representing “not specified”) instead of M or F on their driver’s licenses, and California, New York and D.C. for working to follow suit!

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

10 Reasons Why Asking “Is It is a Boy or a Girl?’ Makes Me Cringe

Fantastic intersex affirming piece “10 Reasons Why Asking ‘Is It is a Boy or a Girl?’ Makes Me Cringe,” by intersectional feminist mom and great ally Reaca Pearl. Big thanks to Ms. Pearl for writing and please share widely! https://www.romper.com/p/10-reasons-why-asking-is-it-a-boy-a-girl-makes-me-cringe-48348 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

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