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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– received legal gender recognition as non-binary this week, raising the total number of non-binary Californians to seven!

We’re very excited about this, but first, in case you’re unfamiliar with the term non-binary, it refers to people whose gender identity isn’t “man” or “woman” but instead, both or neither. It’s also become an umbrella term to encompass all the different non-binary gender identities, such as “genderqueer” (the original Western term for this identity), “two-spirit” (from indigenous American culture), and “gender fluid”–which refers to people whose gender identity shifts over time, as long expressed by our E.D. and more recently by celebrities Ruby Rose, Miley Cyrus and Jaden Smith.

While intersex people have all gender identities, for those of us whose gender identities match our non-binary bodies, this legal gender recognition is a huge victory and an affirmation of who we are. Indeed, the very reason that the practice of “normalizing” intersex infant genital surgeries, aka Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) exists is because of the notion that all humans must be men or women, so having the government acknowledge that humans are indeed not all men or women is an enormous step towards ending interphobia (negative attitudes about intersex people and traits) and its human rights violating offshoot, IGM.

As an organization devoted to working in solidarity with our fellow LGBTQIA community members, we’ve very happy to see the solidarity and coalition at play in this week’s developments, where the non-binary gender recognition recipients are both intersex and non-intersex. We also note that while intersex people have often been left out of conversations about the non-binary community and non-binary gender identity, we’ve played a pioneering role in non-binary identity development and recognition.

For example, our founding E.D. Hida Viloria spoke about having a non-binary gender identity in 1999‘s groundbreaking documentary Gendernauts. Later, our associate director Dana Zzyym, with Lambda Legal’s representation, filed a groundbreaking federal lawsuit for non-binary gender recognition on their passport on Intersex Awareness Day (Oct. 26th) 2015. As stated in last November’s victorious ruling in the lawsuit, the court found “no evidence that the Department followed a rational decision-making process in deciding to implement its binary-only gender passport policy.” Similarly, Sara Kelly Keenan, who became the second non-binary U.S. citizen last September (the first, in June, was Jamie Shupe of Oregon), and the first non-binary Californian, is intersex.

David Cameron Strachan, one of this week’s recipients, is also intersex,and has been recognized for his long-term activism. Strachan was the spearheading force behind the first government hearing on intersex human rights in history (in San Francisco in 2004, at which our E.D. provided testimony), and subsequent report on intersex human rights by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

To date, nine Americans have had their non-binary gender legally recognized (in addition to Shupe, Keenan, Zzyym, and the three non-binary folks this week, there are three more Californians: Cameron Wu, Rain Emery Chamberlain, and A.T. Fury), and we congratulate them all for bravely standing up to be recognized as who they are! We note that access to non-binary gender recognition is one of intersex human rights advocates’ demands, and we encourage non-binary people, allies and others not to forget that intersex people can be non-binary too, and to include us in your conversations and advocacy work. :)

#intersex #non-binary #genderqueer #genderrecognition #LGBTI #LGBT

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/court-ruling-raises-number-legally-nonbinary-californians-seven-n721676

S. African Beauty Queen Comes Out as Intersex!

S. African Beauty Queen Comes Out as Intersex!

Earlier this week, we celebrated South African Sharon Rose Khumalo’s victory–as the newly crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns–and her decision to compete as an openly intersex person, on Facebook. We’re thrilled to see her spreading pride and awareness about being intersex, and that her coming out has been respectfully covered by the press this week. We’re… Continue Reading

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

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele comes out as intersex!

As outlined in USA Today, model Hanne Gaby Odiele has come out as intersex– hurray! She did so, like all intersex advocates, to shine a light on the human rights abuse of nonconsensual cosmetic infant surgeries, aka Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), and to advocate for an end to the practice. As Odiele told USA Today:… 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

The TransAdvocate Challenges WPATH’s Support of IGM & DSD

We have always believed that intersex and trans people should support each other and work together as allies. Sadly, this has not always been the case. In the fantastic Transadvocate.com article “Owning Endosex Privilege and Supporting the Intersex Community: WPATH, Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM), and Sex Variant Bodies“, trans lesbian feminist and ally extraordinaire Margo… 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

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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