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Making the invisible visible – intersex rights are human rights and intersex people must no longer be ignored

By Hida | February 4, 2012

OII Australia president Gina Wilson has written a guest blog item for the Human Rights Law Centre’s Equality Law Reform Project. The article is titled 

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Media release from Gender DynamiX announces intersex inclusive African initiative, Transitioning Africa

By Hida | February 2, 2012

Announcement: Transitioning Africa GENDER DynamiX (GDX) and the Support Initiative for People with atypical sexual Development (SIPD)  have taken their collaboration in the Exchange Programmes in 2010 and 2011 a step…

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Please stop using the language of disease to describe intersex if you wonder why medicine wants to “cure” intersex

By Hida | February 1, 2012

OVER at the Open Society Foundation, Lydia Gutermnan asks the question “Why Are Doctors Still Performing Genital Surgery on Infants?” The answer is simple – so long as journalists, doctors,…

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The Bay Area Reporter reports on intersex-inclusive House of Lords LGBTI human rights event

By Hida | February 1, 2012

IT has been said that one can count the number of LGBTI, not LGBT, events in the United Kingdom on the palm of one hand. That may well be true.…

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First of a series of White House LGBT Health conferences is, in reality, intersex inclusive

By Hida | January 31, 2012

IT was recently reported that The White House will be presenting a number of conferences on LGBT health around the country, with the first in the series to be held in…

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Online petition for the United States government to end intersex genital mutilation – IGM

By Hida | January 31, 2012

AN intersex activist in the United States of America has placed a petition online, asking for the end of intersex genital mutilation – IGM – in that country. Female genital mutilation –…

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development issues LGBT housing rule, but no sign of intersex anywhere

By Hida | January 31, 2012

IN a worthy move on behalf of our LGBT allies within the LGBTI community, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced a new HUD…

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US LGBTI refugee asylum immigration officer training course module flawed, contains contradictions for intersex refugees

By Hida | January 27, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, may we respectfully suggest that, when preparing officer training materials like your RAIO Directorate – Officer Training RAIO Combined Training Course module named Guidance for Adjudicating…

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Cardiff’s LGBT short film award the Iris Prize is also open to intersex filmmakers

By Hida | January 25, 2012

DESPITE its intersex-excluding LGBT acronym, the Iris Prize for short films is also open to intersex filmmakers and is valued at £25,000. May we suggest to the Prize organizers that…

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New San Francisco Bay Area intersex digital magazine is calling for submissions

By Hida | January 24, 2012

A collective of intersex, genderqueer and trans people of colour – POC – in the Oakland and Berkeley area of northern California is calling for submissions from intersex people for…

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MDR Sachsen reports on the Transgender und Intersex in Kunst, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft conference in Dresden earlier this month

By Hida | January 24, 2012

MDR Sachsen reports on the Transgender und Intersex in Kunst, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft – Transgender and Intersex in the Arts, Science and Society – conference in Dresden earlier this month.…

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On the prevalence of intersex and the various numbers quoted for it

By Hida | January 22, 2012

PROFESSOR Peter Koopman has been cited by several news articles as a source for the number of intersex births being around 4% of all live births. Professor Koopman has assured…

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Intersex artist, activist and new parent Del LaGrace Volcano is interviewed in Sweden on that and more

By Hida | January 21, 2012

US-born and now Sweden and London resident intersex activist artist Del LaGrace Volcano is interviewed in Swedens’ NA. I 37 år levde Del som kvinna. Först som barn och tonåring…

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Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Intersex-inclusive? Time will tell.

By Hida | January 18, 2012

SHE has never definitively answered the commonly-asked question of whether she is an “hermaphrodite” or not – her questioners meant intersex of course. Frankly, we don’t care if she is…

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US Fourth Periodic Report to UN Committee on Human Rights does not mention intersex once

By Hida | January 18, 2012

REGRETTABLY, the United States government’s Fourth Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not include intersex at…

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On Health Care for 2012

By Hida | January 17, 2012

“Being intersex is often treated as a medical issue, simply because we’re different.  Just as being male or female is not a medical issue, although there are specific health issues…

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Ten Misconceptions about Intersex

By Hida | January 17, 2012

Authors: Curtis E. Hinkle, Founder, Organisation Intersex International & Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International All of the following statements are false: 1. Intersex means that a person has both…

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Intersex and Medically Unnecessary, Irreversible Treatments

By Hida | January 17, 2012

Discriminatory Views Create Discriminatory Medical Treatment Author: Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International (OII) Note: A small percentage of intersex variations sometimes require medical attention for immediate health reasons.  This…

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On a Third Sex

By Hida | January 17, 2012

THE creation of a new category to be designated intersex poses several problems. First of all, how do we define intersex? OII believes that there will be never a clear…

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2012 Resolution: Spreading Intersex awareness!

By Hida | January 17, 2012

Spreading awareness and ending discrimination MODERN medicine saves many lives and doctors are people dedicated to serving the health needs of others. OII United States does not stand in opposition…

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