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President-elect Biden, Please Don’t Leave Intersex People Behind!

November 12th, 2020|

By Kimberly Zieselman, interACT Executive Director     It was a great week. A collective sigh of relief could be heard across the country from at least 74 million Americans. LGBTQ-inclusive candidates President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be leading our nation come January 20th. We will once again have leaders who believe

  • 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

  • The phrase 'Black Lives Matter' imposed on a background of purple orchid flowers, a symbol of intersex.

An Open Letter: Anti-Racism Resources for Our Intersex Communities

June 2nd, 2020|

  To our intersex and allied communities, Our hearts are heavy with the unending news of state-sanctioned violence. We have a responsibility to acknowledge and actively fight the racism and violence that most affects Black lives. The way that our bodies look determines how we are treated in the world. We urge our supporters to think

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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,

Intersex Resources in the Time of COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020|

Created With the Community in Mind We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in one way or another. It is important to remind ourselves that there is no one right way to cope with our current reality. It’s okay to grieve. For some, physical distancing might mean having more time to connect with loved

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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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On the Mention of Intersex in the Weinstein Trial

February 4th, 2020|

Is Harvey Weinstein intersex? The media has been asking this question. We don't know the answer, but interACT staff had this to say: interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth condemns sexual assault and applauds the courage of individuals like Jessica Mann who have shared their stories. Moving forward we hope to keep the focus on perpetrators’

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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