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Blog posts and stories that deal with intersex genital surgery, which is often done on young children and infants without individual consent. Be aware that some writers may include details or descriptions.

New York City Health and Hospitals Prohibits Intersex Surgery

July 7th, 2021|

interACT obtained the exact language of the new intersex-affirming policy of NYC Health and Hospitals. As a result of interACT's advocacy and that of so many intersex activists, the largest public health care system in the United States (covering over 70 facilities across NYC!) will now prohibit surgeries on intersex youth!!! "All medically unnecessary surgery

  • Dr. Rachel Levine faces the camera with a slight smile. She is a white transgender woman with long gray hair and black rimmed glasses.

Dr. Rachel Levine and her Colleagues at HHS Have a Big Opportunity the Media Isn’t Talking About

January 19th, 2021|

Dr. Rachel Levine, President-elect Biden’s nominee for Assistant Health Secretary, has been my professional mentor. I know she’s a perfect choice for the job. She’s also someone with unique opportunities to carry intersex communities’ needs forward. By Katie Baratz Dalke, MD, MBE Former interACT Board President     I’m a psychiatrist who’s dedicated much of

  • Boston Children's Hospital, the latest to change its policies on intersex surgery. Photo shows the outside of a hospital with cars lining up outside.

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Change on Intersex Surgeries Was Years in the Making

October 23rd, 2020|

Decades of community activism led to the formation of a law and policy organization, which led to meetings with hospitals across the country, which led to passing a resolution with medical students and physician allies, which led to the policy change you see today. Let us show you a peek behind the curtain. By Kimberly

  • Illustration on intersex and eating disorders - a person huddles in a bubble underwater with eyes closed, arms hugging themselves. Seaweed grabs and encloses the bubble.

When Will My Body Be Mine? On Intersex Surgery and Eating Disorders

September 30th, 2020|

Infant genital surgery made me feel like my body wasn’t mine. An eating disorder felt like a way to reclaim control. Here’s how I found my way out. By Marissa Adams   Be aware: this personal essay covers infant genital surgery, medical trauma, and inpatient programs for anorexia.   People with eating disorders learn to

  • Intersex Justice Project co-founders Saifa and Pidgeon smile while holding protest signs in a Chicago train, on their way to lead a protest to make Lurie Children's Hospital end intersex surgery.

Intersex Justice Project’s #EndIntersexSurgery Campaign Receives Unprecedented Promise of Action from a U.S. Hospital

July 29th, 2020|

Intersex Justice Project co-founders Sean Saifa Wall and Pidgeon Pagonis. (Photo: Sara Jane Rhee, Love & Struggle Photo)   Intersex Justice Project's three-year #EndIntersexSurgery campaign earned a historic victory today for intersex bodily autonomy, building on over 30 years of work by intersex advocates.  Pressured by intersex people and several of its own

  • Illustration on surgery and congenital adrenal hyperplasia - a scalpel cuts along a dotted line, between one shape on the left that is a tangled pile of string, and another shape on the right that is an untangled string.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Surgery: A Mom and Nurse Busts 5 Myths

July 8th, 2020|

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is one of the most common medical terms associated with intersex genital differences. A mom and nurse sits down with an intersex advocate to uncover common misconceptions around genital surgery. By Hans Lindahl and Stephani Lohman   ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH! "Una mamá y enfermera desmiente 5 mitos sobre la cirugía genital

  • Five intersex people with congenital adrenal hyperplasia: Allie, Jubi, Mari, Bria, and Sophia

5 Intersex People on Growing Up with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

June 12th, 2020|

June is CAH Awareness Month. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is the medical term given to one of the most common intersex conditions. We talked to five young people about their experiences with CAH, adrenal crisis, and growing up with intersex bodies. By Bria Brown-King   This essay is also available in Spanish, thanks to the translation

  • Hearing of SB 201 in the California Senate B&P committee.