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Essays

Elizabeth Reis’s excellent piece on pronouns in the NYT

In the essay “Pronoun Privilege,” published in Sunday’s New York Times, fantastic scholar and intersex ally Dr. Elizabeth Reis takes a look at the issues involved, from a professor’s perspective, with making people disclose their preferred pronouns to a group of strangers. Reis — who some of you may remember published the essay, “Divergence or disorder?: the politics…

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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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Read Intersex Narratives in New VOICES Issue

We are very pleased to share “Normalizing Interex”, the latest issue of VOICES: Personal Stories from the Pages of NIB. NIB, The Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, published these personal narratives from intersex people, including our own Hida Viloria, last year, and they are now openly accessible to all here in VOICES. The narratives focus on our experiences with…

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How Intersex People Identify

By Hida Viloria and Dana Zzyym. Much has been said recently, on the heels of all the media attention on Caitlin Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, about the issue of how people “identify”. Meanwhile, Intersex people have also been getting attention in the media, and an increasing amount of folks are finally aware of the fact…

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What is Intersexphobia, or Interphobia?

“Interphobia” — as coined in a fantastic 2010 blog post by openly intersex and trans* Professor Cary Gabriel Costello, PhD — is another term for what we have been calling “intersexphobia” for several years. Intersexphobia and Interphobia are defined as negative attitudes and feelings towards people who are believed to possess biological sex traits that…

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Viloria on discrimination against intersex women athletes in The Advocate

  We’re thrilled to to have this essay by our E.D. Hida Viloria run in The Advocate, although we note they changed the original title – “Bullying By Any Other Name: What’s Really Behind Regulations for Women with High Testosterone” – to, “Stop Freaking Out About Female Intersex Athletes”. The essay elaborates on the issue…

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Viloria on intersex people & identity politics in The Advocate

  http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/05/14/op-ed-whats-name-intersex-and-identity  This latest essay by OII-USA Director Hida Viloria  — What’s in a Name: Intersex and Idenity – examines the history of the LGBTI community being pathologized, and how intersex people are still being impacted by this. Many thanks to The Advocate for helping raise awareness.

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