AIC has an exciting announcement! Anne Tamar-Mattis will begin working full time as AIC's Legal Director, and Kimberly Zieselman will be stepping up to the position of Executive Director on September 1, 2014.Please read letters from both Anne and Kimberly below: Dear friends, I’m going to tell you a secret: I never really wanted to
AIC is proud to share the first in a series of interviews with key leaders and supporters who have helped make AIC the strong organization we are today! To kick off the series and in celebration of her upcoming 45th Birthday, our first interview is with AIC Executive Director Anne Tamar-Mattis: 1. How did you become involved with or what’s your first memory of hearing about AIC? I founded AIC! The idea for a legal project grew out of a paper I wrote in law school, but I had been an ally of the intersex community ever since I met my spouse, Suegee, in the early 90’s. It was the beginning of the intersex movement, and through Suegee I met many other intersex activists and leaders. When I went to law school, many of my intersex friends asked me why it was that the law had done so little to protect them as children. I began to investigate, and learned that there was a lot we could do through legal advocacy to protect the rights of children with intersex traits. But there was no organization with specialized knowledge of intersex issues that had ever tried to take on this issue. Once I realized that, I knew we had to start something new, and AIC was born.
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.
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,
Since our inception, Advocates for Informed Choice has prioritized reaching out to and organizing with intersex youth and educating the adults who can most make a difference in their lives. On Friday, March 21st our organization furthered this work: Director of Advancement Kimberly Zieselman and Youth Leadership Coordinator Pidgeon Pagonis presented to 100 school psychologists and social workers in Nassau County,
Advocates for Informed Choice & GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality respond to National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health invited comments on critical issues in child development for children and families affected by intersex conditions/DSD. AIC teamed up with GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality to respond AIC response to NICHD RFI
Pidgeon Pagonis testifies for Intersex Human Rights OAS IACHR What an amazing year it’s been, for AIC and for the intersex/DSD communities! 2013 was a year of unprecedented progress for this movement: the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture , the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Australian Senate, and the 3rd International
Between the 29th of November and 1 December 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents, including AIC Board of Directors Co-chair Saifa Wall, and our Youth Leadership Coordinator Pidgeon Pagonis. Mani Mitchell who
Joint Statement from Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome – Disorders of Sex Development Support Group (AIS-DSDSG) and Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) Respond to Germany’s New Third Gender Law
Visibility, challenges and hope for DSD and Intersex affected communities worldwide. United States, November 21, 2013: The new German law allowing families whose babies’ sex is unclear because of genital difference to defer choosing a binary option on the birth certificate has been the subject of much criticism. While we share some concerns, we believe
AIC recently received a copy of a letter written by an international group of pediatric endocrine societies in response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture’s statement calling for an end to genital-normalizing surgeries without the consent of the affected person. The letter thanks the United Nations for bringing attention to this issue, while