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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Everyone Is Gay Post: What Are the Correct Pronouns for IntersexPeople? (A: Lots!)

Hi there, everyone! In this Everyone Is Gay post, I discuss how there isn't just one set of pronouns that intersex people use. We're a diverse bunch - like any other group of people - and we identify and refer to ourselves using various sets of pronouns. If you're unsure how someone identifies, intersex or not, it's not rude to ask what pronouns one uses. Many folks will appreciate your asking!

You can check out the post here!

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