July 08, 2020

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Intersex Awareness Day

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Today is October 26, Intersex Awareness Day, and Intersex Day of Solidarity is November 8

United Nations: Intersex babies are perfect just as they are.

October 26 marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t meet medial and social norms for female or male bodies. Intersex people has long suffered from discrimination and the stigma associated with intersex. There are many variations and types of intersex bodies.

Intersex people also have a wide range of sexual orientations and gender identities. They are Perfect just as they are!

US State Department Message, October 16, 2017

We recognize that intersex persons face violence, discrimination, harassment, and persecution on account of their sex characteristics. At a young age, intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live freely…..Increased recognition, understanding and awareness of intersex persons and their human rights strengthens democracy for all.

From Egale, Canada

Egale Canada is an organization that advocates for LGBTQ people in Canada and internationally. Egale has called for an end to mutilating and “normalizing” practices such as genital surgeries and psychological or medical “treatments” of intersex people. Egale calls for intersex people to be empowered to make their own decisions affecting their own bodily integrity, physical autonomy and self-determination. Egale also advocates for ending the registration of intersex children as either male or female, given that, like all people, they may grow up to identify with a different sex or gender.

November 8, Day of Solidarity

Around the world, a day of solidarity will take place on November 8. Ireland will hold a remembrance night for Jemma Redmond. Berlin will hold a night of movies the evening before November 8. France is holding a week of events leading up to November 8. The Human Rights Commission of Mexico City has called for authorities to defend the rights of intersex people.

In the past, intersex people were thought to have special powers and were often revered and respected. In some indigenous cultures, intersex people were given special and important positions within their tribes and communities. The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus wrote of “hermaphroditus” from the 1st century BC as born with a combination of that of a man and that of a women, and with supernatural properties. One of the changes being advocated in modern times is getting rid of a nomenclature based on “hermaphorditism”. The focus is on decreasing the stigma and trauma, and not gender.

Today, the United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm.

Links to check out:

Intersex Society of North America

Intersex Day, intersexday.org

United Nations Free & Equal

Canadian Human Rights Commission


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