Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hey There, I'm a New Core Second Opinions Panelist for Everyone Is Gay!

I'm thrilled to announce I'm a new Core Second Opinions panelist for Everyone Is Gay! I'll now be answering more questions about intersex issues, about one every two months. I might even answer the occasional question about other queer issues! (Any of ya'll readers know how much I like to talk about being gay, genderqueer, the whole rainbowy shebang.)

Check out Everyone Is Gay here, and look for even more EIG intersex inclusion now in 2015!

New Everyone Is Gay Post: Can Intersex People Have Families? (A: Heck Yes!)

Hey, everyone! Was pleased to answer a question on Everyone Is Gay, where the poster asked if intersex people can have families of their own someday. We absolutely can <3

Enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Dutee Chand Competing in India, Wins Orissa State Championships 100m Sprint

Dutee Chand, Indian female sprinter with naturally high testosterone levels, was recently banned from competing in the Commonwealth Games, and it has been uncertain when, or even if, Chand would professionally compete again. Since then, the organization Let Dutee Run has been raising awareness about how it is discriminatory to deny female athletes the opportunity to compete because of their natural physical traits, which are usually celebrated as physical "gifts" and "advantages" by sports commentators. Why, then, are some female athletes' naturally high testosterone levels considered unfair and grounds for barring them from competition - what's the difference?

Chand competed in the Orissa State Championships in New Delhi yesterday and she won the 100m sprint, qualifying her to compete in the Indian National Games in 2015 - congratulations!

Chand's allowance to compete in her home country's Games is not the end goal in her achieving equality in professional sports. Nevertheless, this is an encouraging first step. I hope that this is the sign of greater equality to come for all female athletes with naturally high testosterone levels who are currently denied the right to compete.

Malta Proposes Bill to Protect Intersex Human Rights

The government of Malta has proposed a bill that will protect intersex human rights - specifically, by mandating bodily autonomy for all people and making illegal any cosmetic, medically unnecessary procedures on intersex people without consent.

This is a huge step forward for intersex human rights. I hope this bill passes!

Way to go, Malta! <3

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Intersex on the Radio: Interview with JOY 94.9

It was a pleasure talking to the folks at Australian radio channel JOY 94.9 on the show "Nothing Is Sacred." I talk about intersex issues, being a lesbian, and what you can do to be a better intersex ally.

Interview starts at 2:40. Check it out here!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Op-Ed Piece in The Guardian Is Out Today!

Hi, everyone! I wrote a piece questioning why, when intersex people are discussed in the media, it's so often in a sensationalistic, stigmatizing, offensive way. There HAVE been more respectful articles written about intersex people and intersex issues that have been respectful, but the OH-MY-GOD-A-REAL-LIFE-INTERSEX-PERSON is still far too common.

You can check out my piece here.

One final note: I want to correct a line that was edited for the piece, focusing on Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who's currently banned from competing in professional sports because of her naturally high testosterone levels. I have A LOT of hope that Dutee will run! Sign the petition to help ensure that she does.

Thanks, as always, for reading & acknowledging the importance of intersex issues & intersex human rights.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Intersex Awareness Day!

Love and pride to every intersex person and intersex ally today.  For all of you on your own journeys of coming out as intersex, dealing with medical trauma, learning more about how you identify, recognizing how being intersex informs how you operate in the world, sharing your history with others publicly or one-on-one, and advocating for our rights to bodily autonomy...

...happy Intersex Awareness Day.  Be proud of who you are.  Keep fighting the good fight.  <33