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Biomedical Ethics

Dana Zzyym Interviewed on Radiolab

Our Associate Director Dana Zzyym shares their incredible journey toward wholeness as a non-binary intersex person and activist on WNYC Studio’s Radiolab. Radiolab has won Peabody Awards, a National Academies Communication Award “for their investigative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.” Zzyym reveals how harmful the nonconsensual treatments they received as…

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Amazing Intersex Protest at Chicago Lurie Children’s Hospital

Yesterday, our colleagues Pidgeon Pagonis and Sean Safia Wall, at the Intersex Justice Project, pulled off their second protest for intersex bodily autonnomy at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. With assistance this year from Maximo Cortez and Koomah from the Houston Intersex Society, and numerous ally groups joining in support, the protest was easily the…

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Intersex: A Perilous Difference, By Professor Morgan Holmes

A lot of books have been written “about” intersex people, but Intersex: A Perilous Difference (January 2008), is the first book on intersex people and the human rights abuse of Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM)–a.k.a. nonconsensual medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex infants and children–published by an intersex person. Author Morgan Holmes is a Canadian professor of sociology…

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How You can Help End Intersex Genital Mutilation Right Now (VIDEO)

We’re thrilled to see the intersex movement growing, but many folks still don’t understand why the human rights abuse of Intersex Genital Mutilation, or IGM (a.k.a. medically unnecessary nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants and minors) persists, or what they can do to help end it. This video video — a recording of our E.D. Hida…

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AMSA Issues Statement To Defer Gender “Normalizing” Surgeries on Intersex Children!

Today, in conjunction and solidarity with Intersex Awareness Day, October 26, 2017, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) issued a statement calling for deferment of medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children! We thank the AMSA, the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States, for joining the growing ranks of medical associations…

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Activist Pidgeon Pagonis’s Open Letter to Dr. David Sandberg

What an excellent letter by activist Pidgeon Pagonis, and a great move to resist the invitation from longtime IGM advocate Dr. David Sandberg to engage in a private dialogue with him. Intersex activists have engaged in these dialogues for decades and doctors have not listened. Now Sandberg and others like him who continue to advocate…

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Physicians for Human Rights publish “Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children Must Stop!”

In a paper published today titled, “Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children Must Stop,” Physicians for Human Rights, a Nobel Peace Prize Co-laureate, called for a moratorium on nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants and minors! We DEEPLY thank these physicians for recommending that intersex people be allowed to make critical decisions about our sex traits and…

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BBC Reports on Great Ormond Street Hospital failing intersex children

Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK is not meeting care standards for intersex children, a BBC investigation says. As covered in an article today in BBC News, the hospital is under investigation for failing to provide intersex patents and their families with fair and adequate healthcare. Big kudos to all intersex activist and allies…

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Human Rights Watch calls on American Academy of Pediatrics to Stop IGM!

  Excellent article from Human Rights Watch calling on the American Academy of Pediatrics, convening this weekend in Chicago, to endorse what we intersex activists have been advocating for decades: a moratorium on medically unnecessary, nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants and children, also known as Intersex Genital Mutilation, or IGM! “Human Rights Watch and interACT…

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