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UN Free & Equal Campaign Human Rights Day video features Viloria

UN Free & Equal Campaign Human Rights Day video features Viloria

We’re happy to see OII-USA Director Hida Viloria quoted in this article announcing the UN Free & Equal campaign’s video of the groundbreaking panel Sports Comes Out Against Homophobia. “It’s very easy to discriminate against intersex women [athletes] because we’re closeted,” said U.S. intersex activist Hida Viloria. “That’s why even though intesex is 1.7% of… Continue Reading

Viloria Speaks on Intersex Human Rights at the UN!

Viloria Speaks on Intersex Human Rights at the UN!

On Human Rights Day (December 10th), OII Chairperson and OII-USA founding director Hida Viloria spoke at the United Nations, making her the first openly intersex person that we know of to do so. Viloria’s pioneering work as an “out” intersex activist was honored with the invitation to speak on the panel event Sport Comes Out… Continue Reading

Viloria in The Global Herald on human rights violations against intersex runner Pinki Pramanik

Viloria in The Global Herald on human rights violations against intersex runner Pinki Pramanik

As Hida Viloria reports in “Criminalized Because of One’s Sex”: On June 14th, Indian gold medal winner Pinki Pramanik was arrested following accusations of rape and “being male” by her live-in partner. She was suspended from her job, detained in a male ward, and an MMS of one of her mandatory gender-verification tests, in which… Continue Reading

Open Letter to the UN OHCHR: 1st global call by & for human rights for intersex people!

Open Letter to the UN OHCHR: 1st global call by & for human rights for intersex people!

On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2012, participants of the 2nd International Intersex Forum, in Stockholm, with the assistance of ILGA-Europe, published and delivered the,  “Open Letter: A Call for Human Rights for Intersex People,” authored by OII Chair Hida Viloria, to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It was the largest coordinated effort by… Continue Reading

Viloria in Ms. Magazine, with co-author Georgianne Davis

Viloria in Ms. Magazine, with co-author Georgianne Davis

  In “Olympics’ new Hormone Regulations: Judged by How You Look“, our E.D. and intersex activist and Professor of Sociology, Georgianne Davis, explore sporting authorities’ recently released regulations for intersex women athletes with high testosterone levels, aka hyperandrpgenism. Namely, they expound upon the issue which Viloria, Karkazis and others have previously explored, of how strong biases… Continue Reading

Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young on Olympic sex testing

An important podcast by Stanford School of Medicine: Olympic athletes potentially face new sex verification policies following the controversial investigation of South African runner Caster Semenya, who was tested repeatedly to prove she was female. Stanford medical anthropologist Katrina Karkazis, PhD, and Rebecca Jordan-Young, PhD, a sociomedical scientist at Barnard College, challenge the proposed policies… Continue Reading

“Reexamining Rationales of “Fairness”: An Athlete and Insider’s Perspective on the New Policies on Hyper­androgenism in Elite Female Athletes”

OII global chair, Hida Viloria, and former Olympic athlete Maria Jose Martínez-Patino write in The American Journal of Bioethics on proposed policies by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the IOC relating to hyperandrogenism in women athletes (but not men athletes): The new policies are informed not by scientific evidence, but by age-old cultural… Continue Reading

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