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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.

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

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.

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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.”

Will the Olympics ever truly welcome nonbinary athletes?

Will the Olympics ever truly welcome nonbinary athletes?

interACT’s Director of Engagement Bria Brown-King shares the alienating experience of being an intersex athlete growing up. With over 30 states pushing bills to limit the rights of trans and intersex athletes today, its clear that this experience is all too common. Which begs the question—Are divisions in sports based on gender necessary? And will the Olympics ever truly welcome nonbinary athletes?

Why is the U.S. lagging behind on intersex rights?

Why is the U.S. lagging behind on intersex rights?

Executive Director Kimberly Zieselman uses her story to highlight why the U.S. must use legislation to delay nonconsensual genital surgeries on intersex children. Several countries—including Kenya, Malta, and Portugal—have protections in place for intersex people that prioritize informed consent. So why is the U.S. lagging behind?

Intersex Kids Are Getting Caught in the GOP’s War on Trans Health Care

Intersex Kids Are Getting Caught in the GOP’s War on Trans Health Care

More than 40 states in the U.S. have introduced bills that directly target trans kids and their ability to access both gender-affirming care and activities that align with their gender identity, such as sports. Many of these anti-trans bills also specify that nonconsensual genital surgeries performed on intersex kids are still allowed—leaving intersex youth caught in the war on trans rights.