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Content related to intersex from a human rights angle.

New UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Report addresses Intersex issues among others

March 8th, 2016|

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez will be addressing the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Special Rapporteur will discuss his latest thematic report on the topic of Gender Perspectives on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, country reports on Brazil, Georgia, and Ghana, and

New UN Intersex Fact Sheet

September 7th, 2015|

The United Nations Human Rights Campaign just published this new fact sheet on Intersex as part of their "Free and Equal" Campaign from the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (UN OHCH). To better explain intersex issues, the fact sheet states that intersex is "an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of

Manufacturing Comfort

April 22nd, 2015|

    Last week’s Associated Press story featuring intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and discussion of M.C. v. Medical University of South Carolina is a strong example of a disquieting trend of wishful thinking – or excessive optimism – in recent press coverage of intersex issues.   Journalists, being human, are

Advocates for Informed Choice Speaks with philosopher and intersex ally Dr. Ellen Feder about her forthcoming book Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine

April 21st, 2014|

Reflecting upon what prompted her to author Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine, American University philosophy professor Ellen Feder explains that she did not initially set out to write a book.  However, after 15 years of study, field research and collaboration with the parents of intersex children, intersex youth, and adults, Feder

Birthday story by Mani Bruce Mitchell

March 4th, 2014|

Mani Bruce Mitchell, AIC Board Member and Executive Director of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) Mani Bruce Mitchell and father Mani Bruce Mitchell and mother                                   A few weeks ago I was

Endocrinologists Respond to UN Statement on Genital-Normalizing Surgery

November 11th, 2013|

AIC recently received a copy of a letter written by an international group of pediatric endocrine societies in response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture’s statement calling for an end to genital-normalizing surgeries without the consent of the affected person.  The letter thanks the United Nations for bringing attention to this issue, while

Australian Senate Committee Releases Report on the Involuntary or Coerced Sterilization of Intersex People

October 28th, 2013|

The Australian Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee published its long anticipated report this month, “Involuntary or coerced sterilization of intersex people”.  The report provided the first and most significant opportunity to raise issues about the health and wellbeing of intersex people in Australia with parliamentarians. OII Australia made numerous submissions to the inquiry, along with

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

David Reimer, Honor and Remember Him

May 3rd, 2013|

May 5th commemorates the tragic death in 2004, of David Reimer.  For those familiar with his story, his courage in speaking out in spite of the anguish and abuse he suffered seems an enormous accomplishment.  Indeed, his life, though too short, and his work, contributed tremendously to the struggles for the human and civil rights