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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{f489cf86ef3549788833b103eab17d2ae409a7409d59fb02bb862162d1b706dc} of…

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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…

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

  On Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2012, participants of the 2nd International Intersex Forum, in Stockholm, with the assistance of ILGA and 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. As outlined in…

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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…

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Viloria on “No Clear Option for Testing” in the NY Times

Hida Viloria’s letter to the New York Times on genetic testing of elite female athletes appears in Sunday’s paper: To the Sports Editor: Re “No Clear Option for Testing,” June 18: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, a sportscaster said, in reference to the figure skater Johnny Weir, “We should make him pass a gender test.”…

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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…

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“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…

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