Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show, a provocative exploration of cultural and gender identity, adds an extra week of performances due to popular demand.
Clayton Morris of Fox & Friends apologized for his inappropriate comment about changing his Facebook gender…
Members of Inter/Act, a group of young intersex writers and advocates, have drafted an open letter about what ‘intersex’ is and what it means to have that gender option on Facebook.
REFUGE restrooms is now live on the web at http://www.refugerestrooms.org. It is viewable on any browser.
REFUGE seeks to provide safe bathroom access for transgender, intersex, and other gender nonconformist individuals. A few months back the valuable safe2pee database stopped working. We present Refuge as a replacement. Starting with the existing database of listings from Safe2Pee, refuge makes the database easily searchable and mappable to allow folks to find the nearest safe restroom.This is very much in its alpha stage and had a lot of growing to do. I started learning how to code not that long ago so I’m still learning how I can make the app better and better. The app is open source so please contribute to the project on github @http://www.github.com/tkwidmer/refugerestroomsstay tuned both here and on twitter @refugerestrooms.
A network of trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex athletes.
Building community, empowering advocacy, and sports!
The Rainbow Hub, a media website for LGBTQIA persons, is looking to fill three writing positions for our site. We pride ourselves on offering content relevant to everyone in the LGBTQIA community, and to that end, we’re looking to bring in new voices to our staff.
- A queer Muslim columnist
- A trans POC columnist
- An intersex columnist
We’re looking for folks who can contribute one to two columns a month. This is a paid position, and we need writers who can commit to meeting deadlines. For questions or to apply, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your preferred pronouns, a short writing sample, and tell us a little bit about yourself.
Signal boosting is always appreciated.
Australia: The New South Wales Court of Appeal ruled that people do not have to be officially registered as male or female, after Sydney activist ‘Norrie’ (above) contested this law. The judges panel ruled “as a matter of construction … the word sex does not bear a binary meaning of ‘male’ or ‘female.’” This means that transgender, intersex and other queer-identified Australians are no longer forced to fit themselves into a narrow gender binary.
Photo & read more: The Age.
Understanding what intersex means also helps with understanding what it doesn’t mean. Our bodies are natural and normal and healthy; while some health problems are associated with some forms of intersex, simply being intersex isn’t a health problem in and of itself.
As someone that spends a majority of my time and work in healthcare and sexuality, words cannot describe how much I love this article written by Claudia about being intersex. It is spot on with a lot of talking points I use both in presentations and in online courses that I write. Intersex can be a topic that confuses many just because of all the different forms of development and either chromosomal, hormonal, or internal/external genitalia development. This article helps take away the confusion, both through personal story telling and factual/accurate knowledge.
“What needs to be fixed is the way we view intersex in our society, and the cosmetic medical procedures we’re subjected to without consent. ”
"So, why are intersex issues being linked up with LGBT activism, and does this make sense? I’m here to argue, strongly, that yes – including intersex with LGBT and queer issues makes perfect sense….
A really, really, excellent piece about integrating intersex activism into the LGBT movement.
People question whether the “I” should be added to the LGBT acronym, whether intersex really belongs: It’s not really a sexual orientation, is it? It’s more about bodies and identity, right? Is it not okay to link up intersex people with queer communities in case a majority of intersex people happened to identify as straight? A lot of the same points and counterpoints people are making to support/discourage intersex inclusion are the same ones people were making a few years ago regarding trans* inclusion. Trans* is not a sexual orientation like L, G, or B is, either. From outsiders’ views, trans* seemed more related to bodies, and identities outside of L, G, and B. Trans* people are rightly included in the acronym today because they are perceived as outside of mainstream sex and gender norms, and their rights and identities need to be advocated for. This also means it isn’t necessary for a majority of intersex people to identify as queer in terms of sexual orientation or gender identity to join the club. I would encourage intersex individuals who are really, super-duper opposed to intersex inclusion to examine if, whether consciously or not, it’s because they’re holding some queerphobic views that makes them want to distance themselves from Gay Stuff. Because that is simply not cool.
The group has come together to launch a campaign, calling for the Government to urgently review the way intersex people are treated. Following on from Germany’s decision to allow newborn babies to be registered as neither male nor female, their recommendations include the option to leave the sex on British birth certificates blank, measures to protect babies or young people from irreversible and non-consensual treatment and surgery, better emotional support and increased education.
I support intersex activists who want to speak in their own voice. I’ve been critical in the past about the way that arguments about intersexuality are deployed in the service of destabilising sex binaries without the presence of intersex people’s voices. This is similar to my criticisms of cis deployment of trans people to (attempt to) destabilise gender binaries without our consent.
Nontheless I don’t suggest a hierarchy of oppression in which trans concerns should be subordinate to intersex concerns, rather a mutual respect, commitment to non-appropriation and awareness of the possibility of coalition politics between intersex and trans people (noting that many people may be part of both groups!).
Given that, I was surprised in this entire article to see precisely zero references to trans people, despite broad possible common ground. It may be a result of how the activists’ voices were shaped by media, but if any of the initiative for erasing connections with trans people came from the activists concerned, I think it’s a missed opportunity.
Some of the grounds for coalition politics raised in this article include:
Born into a world that insists on dividing people into two sexes, they did not always know how they fitted in.
The women argue that their very existence has been “eradicated” by British society.
measures to protect babies or young people from irreversible and non-consensual treatment and surgery (for non-intersex trans people we could say forced endogenous hormone treatment - i.e. refusal to offer us blockers)
better emotional support
Most intelligent human beings would be completely surprised and utterly dismayed at the civil inequality and human rights abuses
struggling to correct the sex marked on their birth certificates
The main challenges for families and kids is the social context in which we live with these conditions
… and more.
I understand a possible intent not to be subsumed under trans politics, but I’ve seen exactly the same thing from cis women with PCOS. I’m not suggesting intersex and PCOS situations are similar, but that the engagement with trans concerns has been similar to that resultant in this article - i.e. not.
None of us are the embarrassing runts of each other’s litters. We are all valuable, we all matter, and we all have a lot to gain from respectful alliances in which we neither appropriate from each others’ struggles, erase differences or accept outcomes which fail to raise us all up.
A month after the ACT passed historic same-sex marriage legislation, Attorney-General Simon Corbell moved on Thursday to enact the “final piece” in the government’s legislative reforms for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people in Canberra.
The bill, if passed by the Legislative Assembly next year, will remove the requirement for surgery for people who want to change their gender on their birth certificate.
The laws will also allow for the creation of a new category of identity on birth certificates for people who are intersex or identify as being of indeterminate or unspecified sex, bringing the territory into line with the categories used by the Australian Passport Office.
Jim Ambrose was born in 1976, with, he wrote last year, “genitals that frightened my parents and caregivers.”
This is informative, but their definition of intersex isn’t correct! Intersex isn’t just about genitals, but also chromosomes and hormones!
Intersex is a term which relates to a range of biological traits or variations that lie between “male” and “female”. Intersex people are born with chromosomes, genitals, and/or reproductive organs that are traditionally considered to be both “male” and “female,” neither, or atypical. Many forms of intersex exist; it’s a spectrum or umbrella term, rather than a single category. Intersex is testable: intersex differences may be apparent at birth, and some common intersex variations can be diagnosed, if tested, prenatally. Some intersex variations become apparent at puberty, when trying to conceive, or through random chance.