interACT Media

interACT Media works to respectfully include the voices of intersex people in various media to raise awareness about intersex issues. We consult on various projects, providing expertise, information and real intersex stories.

Media Guide: Covering the Intersex Community

Our media guide is a great resource for members of the media looking to cover an intersex topic or issue.

interACT in the Media

“Normalizing” infants’ and children’s genital appearance to match a sex assigned in early age isn’t medically necessary and can negatively impact quality of life. This video includes our former Legal Director Alesdair Ittelson talking with featured advocate Sean Safia Wall.

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Here’s how Biden is fighting to strengthen healthcare protections for LGBTQ2S+ Americans

“People will once again be protected from discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity and sex traits,” said Maddie Moran, a spokesperson for the intersex advocacy organization interACT, in an emailed statement.

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 InterACT hails HHS intersex rule proposal for ACA

It was an announcement Maddie Moran, and countless others like them, had waited a long time to hear. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rule last week making clear that, among the Affordable Care Act’s various non-discrimination protections, discrimination against intersex people within federally funded programs is forbidden.

Intersex youths are also hurt by anti-trans laws, advocates say

Intersex youth are also hurt by anti-trans laws, advocates say

As queer & trans kids are targeted by state legislation that bars access to gender-affirming healthcare, intersex kids are impacted too, and suffer the ramifications of gender stereotypes and gender-checking that those bills produce. Our own Bria Brown-King is featured in this coverage alongside Kristina and Ori Turner.

Biden smiles at a podium in front of two American flags.

As Pride month closes, LGBTQ+ advocates are split on whether Biden is doing enough to protect the community

For more than a year, as more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced into state legislatures and eight states have signed anti-LGBTQ bills into law, LGBTQ+ advocates have been waiting on President Joe Biden.

A guide to the words we use in our gender coverage

Intersex applies to people born with the reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or chromosomes that don’t fit into traditional conceptions of male or female bodies. As InterAct notes, there are a number of naturally occurring intersex variations, some that are identified at birth and others that may be discovered at puberty or later in life.

The AMA says 'male' and 'female' sex labels should be removed from birth certificates

The AMA says ‘male’ and ‘female’ sex labels should be removed from birth certificates

The American Medical Association recommends the removal of sex labels on birth certificates in order to recognize the broad spectrum of both gender identity and sex. While a step in the right direction, Kimberly Zieselman points out that it still falls short of the goals that the intersex community has consistently been lobbying for and is just the beginning.

What Does It Mean to Be Intersex?

What Does It Mean to Be Intersex?

In addition to education on the serious challenges that intersex people face, Bria Brown-King—interACT’s Director of Engagement—reminds intersex allies to always “Ask [their intersex loved ones]  what they need to feel supported… Love and support go a long way.”