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What Hanne Gaby Odeile Means For Intersex People – Like Me

January 25th, 2017|

In addition to being an Intersex activist and political campaigns consultant, Susannah Temko who lives in London is also a member of interACT Youth. Susannah wrote this reflection for Huffington Post UK on fashion model Hanne Gaby Odeile’s recent disclosure has meant to her. PHOTO CREDIT: VAN TINE DENNIS/ABACA USA  

Response to National Institutes of Health SGM Comments

June 16th, 2016|

NIH Recognizes need to address intersex human rights and other community priorities in research interACT is making an impact by helping to set better priorities and better standards for federally funded intersex research.   The administrative building of the National Institutes of Health is shown in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) We

Federal Government Bans Discrimination Against Intersex People in Health Care

May 23rd, 2016|

We got some exciting news from InterACT Law and Policy this week. For the first time, the federal government has officially stated that, at least in the area of federally-funded health programs, discrimination against intersex people is prohibited! How did this happen? It started with passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare,

Recap: #IntersexOnTV: InterACT makes Intersex History on MTV’s Faking It

April 8th, 2016|

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My name is Robyn, and just like Lauren Cooper, I am also intersex.

April 7th, 2016|

MTV has done an amazing thing recently by adding an intersex character to "Faking It!" In said program, the character Lauren Cooper (portrayed by Bailey De Young) has Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. This means that she has XY chromosomes, developed as female, and her body no longer produces hormones so she takes estrogen pills. She

The Significance of MTV’s Intersex Representation

April 6th, 2016|

Guest post by Pidgeon Pagonis My family’s favorite past-time, or the one they engage in the most, is watching TV. Our apartment featured a TV in the kitchen, my grandmas room, grandpa’s room, and the front-room. Growing up, I watched a LOT of MTV, and I also had really low self-esteem. When I went off

Confronting Goliath Without a Stone

March 10th, 2015|

  Last week, something revolutionary happened on television. AIC President, Sean Saifa Wall, confronted the surgeon who removed his internal testes when he was 13 -- Dr. Terry Hensle--and it was all captured by ABC's Nightline. Saifa reflected on his Facebook page the next morning:   "To my intersex friends and comrades, Despite the lack

M.C. v Aaronson, One Year Out

May 14th, 2014|

One year ago today, Advocates for Informed Choice filed lawsuits in state and federal court in South Carolina on behalf of “M.C.”, a young boy with an intersex condition who had been subjected to irreversible genital surgery while in state custody in an effort to make his body appear female. It’s been quite a year.

AIC on Huff Post Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

April 24th, 2014|

Watch AIC's April 21st, all star panel on Huff Post Live including Board Members Sean Saifa and Dr. Arlene Baratz and staff  Pidgeon Pagonis and Anne Tamar-Mattis with fantastic host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.  If you have not yet seen these amazing folks in actions, now's your chance--it will be the best 20 minutes of your day!

AIC’s Anne Tamar-Mattis Speaks at Freedom House in Washington DC on Thursday, April 17th

April 13th, 2014|

Thursday, April 17th, Advocates for Informed Choice founding Executive Director, Anne Tamar-Mattis will speak at Freedom House in Washington, DC at an event entitled, A Discussion on the Human Rights of Intersex Persons: Deepening Awareness and Strengthening Activism.  The event, which will begin at 10:30 am and concludes at noon will also feature philosopher and American University Professor Dr. Ellen Feder,