Tuesday, June 2, 2015

United Nations Report Advocates for Intersex Peoples' Bodily Autonomy

A new UN report advocates for intersex human rights, stating that the medical "treatments" performed on intersex people without our consent must end. You can read about this report here, in a blog post from OII-Australia (with a link to download the report as a Word document at the bottom).

Thank you for recognizing our rights to bodily autonomy and need for protections, UN.

UPDATE: Check out intersex activist Marianne Mollmann's discussion of the new UN report in the Huffington Post!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Autostraddle Piece: "When Intersex Meets Lesbian"

Hey, everyone! I wrote a piece for Autostraddle what it's like to be both an intersex person and a lesbian, and where there's overlaps & differences in identity, experiences, and stereotyping by others. This is my most personal piece to date, and I'm really proud of it. I hope you enjoy reading it even a little bit as much as I loved writing it.

It's so satisfying when thoughts and feelings you've been having for years are finally articulated in a way that's ordered, makes sense, not just in an incoherent, un-tangle-able jumble. Writing this piece was that for me. It feels so good.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Post for Everyone Is Gay: Adding the "I" in LGBTQIA

Hi, everyone! There's a new post up on Everyone Is Gay, where I discussing “adding the I” in LGBTQIA and being intersex-inclusive in queer spaces. Here ya go!

You can also always check out previous questions I've answered on intersex issues at Everyone Is Gay on my Second Opinion Panel page.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Malta Makes History: First Country to Protect Bodily Integrity for Intersex and Trans* People

So overwhelmed, in the best possible way. I was really not sure that I would live to see any country pass legal protections concerning bodily integrity that was intersex-inclusive. But Malta has done it!

Congratulations, Malta, for supporting those who need this support. Thank you for valuing intersex people and our bodies as they naturally are. <333

Monday, March 16, 2015

"'Curing Intersex Is Damaging and Common": Great Piece by OII-Australia Member, Morgan Carpenter

"It’s ok to be intersex. The diversity of our bodies and identities are good things. We add to the richness of human existence. As the parent in The Feed’s interview said about us, “Let them enjoy their bodies, celebrate that difference”."

Well-said, Morgan! Check it out the whole piece here.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

ABC Nightline Segment on Intersex Issues: Activist Sean Saifa Wall is Simply Amazing.

Hi, everyone! Check out this ABC Nightline segement with intersex activist Sean Saifa Wall - it's incredible.

In the video, Wall meets the doctor who performed genital surgery on him without his consent as a child. I was especially impressed by Wall's response to the doctor’s defensiveness - he shows only compassion and empathy. Wall did intersex people and activists proud in this piece.

One thing to note is that the commonly-quoted statistic that 1 in 2000 children are born intersex may substantially underestimate the number of kids born intersex, as Cary Gabriel Costello indicates in his excellent blog, The Intersex Roadshow. (It's not suprising that ABC quotes this statistic though, as many news outlets still do.)

I want to see more videos like this in the future. Until then, watch and share widely.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Article for RH Reality Check: On Fetal Screening for Intersex Traits

Intersex activists like Cary Gabriel Costello on The Intersex Roadshow have raised awareness about the troubling implications of screening for intersex traits in utero. I added my perspective on this important issue via a new piece for the blog, RH Reality Check. You can check it out here.