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Intersex Bodily Autonomy & Self Determination Honored in S. African Case!

“Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said government recognises that being intersex is a sexual characteristic, and not a medical condition. Speaking at a conference when SA joined the global fight to stop genital surgery on intersex babies said she believed the practice to be harmful and should therefore be stopped.” This fantastic news, reported yesterday…

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Sean Safia Wall profiled in NBC OUT

Sean Safia Wall is an African-American intersex artist, researcher and activist whose voice and perspective we have been a fan of since 2007, when he appeared, with ICE founder Hida Viloria and others, in the award-winning intersex documentary One in 2000 (available for viewing here). Currently, Wall is the founder of the EMERGE, “the parent project for a…

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UN Free & Equal Launches Intersex Awareness Campaign

The UN’s Free & Equal Campaign has launched a fantastic new #IntersexAwareness Campaign! The Campaign features extensive resources and information about intersex people, including an Intersex Voices section featuring our E.D. and other #intersex activists who are changing the world. Please share it widely to help educate people and foster love, acceptance, and equality for…

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The Intersex Awareness Day 2016 Did You Know? List

By our E.D. Hida Viloria Today is #IntersexAwarenessDay, celebrated in honor of the first known intersex protest, held at a medical clinic in Boston exactly twenty years ago, on October 26th. Although we’ve made a lot of progress since then, let’s face it: we still need a lot more awareness about intersex people. I mean,…

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Cary Gabriel Costello’s Oped on trans & Intersex human rights in the NYT

We are thrilled that Cary Gabriel Costello’s fantastic essay was selected to run in the New York Times’s Transgender Today essay competition. Costello is a professor of __ at University of Wisconsin, and author of the always engaging, intellligent, informatative blog Intersex Roadshow, which OII-USA has been recommending for years.

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Intersex-ionality: Why Confronting Racism Matters

Our E.D. Hida Viloria has been lobbying, writing, and speaking about the issues of racism, sexism, and interphobia in sporting regulations against intersex athletes since 2009, when black South Africa track star Caster Semenya was banned from competition. Sadly, however, when s/he tried, at an international intersex activism conference, to discuss the fact that women…

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Celebrate Human Rights Day!

Happy Human Rights Day everyone! December 10th commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If you want to learn more about Human Rights Day, please explore the preceding U.N. link, or check out this informative piece. Also, be on the lookout for our Right to…

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Support intersex people’s right to exist this Giving Tuesday!

Imagine if the U.S. Government finally acknowledged that intersex people exist? Not only would this be critically useful in attaining equality for intersex people, but you can help make it a reality this Giving Tuesday by supporting OII-USA, and our Associate Director Dana Zzyym’s historic lawsuit for recognition of non-binary intersex people! A recent example…

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Remembering the Intersex Day of Remembrance

November 8th is the Intersex Day of Remembrance, a.k.a. Intersex Solidarity Day, and this year OII-USA celebrated the occasion with a fantastic group of Inter* folks (as we call ourselves in some parts of Europe) and allies in Vienna.  :) “Never before have I spent time with such a large, caring, intelligent, fun group of…

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