Intersex Legislation & Regulation

Guided by the needs of interACT: Youth, our Law and Policy team advises local, state, and federal agencies on how best to protect the rights of children born with intersex traits. Drafting policy documents, assisting in implementation of intersex-inclusive programs, and providing comment on legislation that impacts the realities of intersex young people — these are just some ways interACT works to improve the lives of intersex youth across the country.

Bathroom Bills

interACT has called for an end to all efforts to force transgender and gender-variant individuals into segregated facilities without their consent as a result of a sex classification on a government-issued document.

We have released official statements and sent letters to government officials in response to these “bathroom bills” that waste government resources and negatively impact all of our communities.

On February 18th of 2016, interACT sent a direct response to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard urging him to veto House Bill 1008.  The South Dakota State Senate sent the bill to the Governor on Tuesday February 18th. Upon signing, the legislation would have enabled discrimination against transgender students in public schools and become the United States first anti-trans “papers to pee” law. interACT was in strict opposition to the bill and used the letter to Gov. Daugaard to clarify a number of crucial points about the bill’s impact.  Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard had an initial positive reaction to the bill, but on March 1, 2016 he rejected House Bill 1008 after many social justice groups and human rights advocates voiced opposition and declared it was discriminatory.
HB2 was proposed, debated, voted on by both legislative branches and signed by the governor in one day. This bill caused many of our LGBTQI friends in North Carolina to lose all protections and some intersex people to no longer legally enter a public bathroom in the state of North Carolina. Discrimination should not come at the hands of the state. interACT’s official response to HB 2, sent on March 25th of 2016,  called for an end to all efforts to force transgender and gender-variant individuals into segregated facilities without their consent as a result of a sex classification on a government-issued document. These efforts waste government resources and negatively impact all of our communities.

New Guidance from the NYC Commission on Human Rights

Following discussions with interACT, new guidance from the NYC Commission on Human Rights explains: “discrimination against someone for being intersex” is gender discrimination prohibited by the New York City Human Rights Law. New York City made an important clarification, which was a victory for all intersex people.

GLMA calls for an end to medically unnecessary nonconsensual surgeries

A major US-based medical professional association calls for an end to medically unnecessary nonconsensual surgeries on intersex infants! interACT commends GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality on its important resolution, not only calling for an end to surgery without consent but also that any facility treating intersex people include “input from mental health specialists, medical and surgical specialists, bioethicists, and community/peer support organizations to deliver comprehensive biopsychosocial treatments that support all patients, their families, and any other caretakers” GLMA was the first medical organization to recognize the needs of this community and they continue to lead the way, thank you GLMA! Read the resolution