Content on discrimination against intersex traits.

  • A photo of Lavelle Wollam, an intersex woman affected by the transgender military ban. She is in a split photo with tape, and on the other side of the photo is the U.S. Navy logo.

Transgender Military Ban Or Not, Intersex People Like Me Still Can’t Serve

February 1st, 2021|

Military service is a pathway to opportunities for many. Policies discriminating against transgender people always hit intersex people too, but we rarely make it into these conversations. President Biden's order removing the transgender military ban still doesn't fix denials for intersex people like me. This is my story. By Lavelle Wollam     As of

  • Illustration of the capitol building one one side, and COVID-19 particles in intersex colors on the other

Congress: Include Intersex People in COVID-19 Relief

April 9th, 2020|

The CARES Act protects Americans from COVID-19 hardship. But existing COVID-19 relief doesn't do enough to meet intersex people's specific needs. We call on Congress to account for these needs in future legislation. interACT Executive Director Kimberly Zieselman submitted this letter to Congress:   Dear Chairs Grassley and Neal and Ranking Members Wyden and Brady,

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Idaho: Veto HB500 and Stop Discrimination Against Intersex and Transgender Athletes

March 18th, 2020|

  In light of Idaho's House and Senate passing a bill that would allow invasive sex testing on student athletes, interACT's Executive Director penned this open letter to Governor Brad Little.   Dear Governor Little, It has come to our attention that House Bill 500, if signed, would mandate an extremely harmful, unscientific, and discriminatory

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interACT Submits to United Nations Call for Information on Violence Against Women

May 20th, 2019|

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women called for submissions of information on issues affecting queer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people during reproductive health care and childbirth. Special Rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic has declared mistreatment against women during reproductive health care and childbirth the topic of her next report, to be presented in front

Trump: End the Assault on Civil and Human Rights

June 6th, 2017|

 On June 5, 2017 interACT joined 98 other organizations in support of a letter sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, expressing our profound concern that the civil and human rights of all Americans are being drastically undermined by the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to key civil rights office budgets, the

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,

interACT Condemns HB 2 in an Official Response

March 29th, 2016|

In one day, many of our LGBTQI friends in North Carolina lost all protections... and all of the public bathrooms! Now we see how quickly our protections can disappear. This bill was proposed, debated, voted on by both legislative branches and signed by the governor in one day. And once one state topples, the rest follow right along,

interACT responds to South Dakota anti-trans bill

February 18th, 2016|

UPDATE: Since the time this article was written on March 1, 2016 Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed the bill that would have made South Dakota the first state. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their birth sex. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard had an initial positive reaction to the

“I Really Have to Go”

March 24th, 2015|

“Hold on honey,” I imagine myself saying to one of my daughters as I veer from a stream of hurried travelers at the crowded Dallas airport and head toward a desperately needed women’s restroom after a long flight from Boston. “Stay here with daddy for a few minutes while mommy uses the restroom, be right

Australia Passes Landmark Anti-Discrimination Legislation Officially Protecting Intersex People

July 17th, 2013|

On June 25th, the Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII Austrialia) announced on its website: “For the first time in Australia, and for the first time internationally, intersex people are recognised fully and authentically in anti-discrimination legislation.” On this day, the Australian Parliament voted into the law the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and