Dana Zzyym’s Op-ed for NBC News

Our Associate Director Dana Zzyym explains what drove them to fight for so long for the first US passport with an X sex/gender marker in a beautiful op-ed for NBC News titled, “America finally issued me an acurate passport. Here’s why it took so long.”  “For centuries, society has ignored and even hidden the existence…

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For Intersex Awareness Day: The History of the X Passport Marker

The History of the X Passport Marker Six years ago today, on Intersex Awareness Day 2015, our Associate Director Dana Zzyym filed their groundbreaking lawsuit for a US passport with an “X” sex /gender marker.  In the years since, three courts have ruled that it is unconstitutional for the State Department to deny Zzyym a…

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Our AD’s Lawsuit in The New York Times

More coverage this week of our Associate Director Dana Zzyym’s lawsuit, today in the New York Times. We thank Lambda Legal, as always,for acting as Dana’s legal representatives in the lawsuit. We also encourage President Biden and the State Department to issue Zzyym’s passport swiftly, and to make an X option available on passports for…

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Trans-intersex coalition: 1996 – now

Note: Some of the dates in the original posting have been corrected. Intersex Awareness Day is observed on October 26th in commemoration of the first North American intersex protest, in 1996 in Boston, where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding their annual meeting. As demonstrated in the picture below, the trans and intersex alliance…

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Boston Children’s Hospital pledges to stop intersex infant surgeries!

As reported today in a joint article by USA Today and The 19th, a spokesperson for Boston Children’s Hospital told The 19th that it “will not perform clitoroplasty or vaginoplasty in patients who are too young to participate in a meaningful discussion of the implications of these surgeries, unless anatomical differences threaten the physical health…

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Lurie Children’s Hospital issues apology for medically unnecessary intersex surgeries, promises to temporarily stop performing!

In an outstandingly positive, celebratory moment for the intersex community, Lurie Childrens’ Hospital in Chicago just became the first institution of its kind to apologize for performing medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex infants, and to temporarily stop performing them while it re-evaluates its protocols. We note that the apology comes just two weeks after Lurie’s…

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