Tag Archive | Intersex

We exist: the intersex child on a mission to inform

We exist: the intersex child on a mission to inform

When Wen Long van Knippenberg wanted to tell fellow pupils about life as an intersex child in the Netherlands, the presentation was banned by her teacher, as inappropriate for children. Now the nine-year-old hopes to spread the message far beyond the classroom, as the star of a short film – ‘Girlsboysmix – that shows her finding […]

UN: Intersex surgery ‘abuses’ condemned by 34 states at rights forum

UN: Intersex surgery ‘abuses’ condemned by 34 states at rights forum

More than 30 countries on Thursday condemned “medically unnecessary surgeries” on intersex children as a human rights violation, amid mounting efforts to ban such operations. It is the first time that unnecessary surgeries on children, born with an indeterminate sex, have been criticised at the United Nations, advocates said, with 34 countries signing the statement […]

LGBTI Documentary: Sidney & Friends – 
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video & Lockdown Film Club

LGBTI Documentary: Sidney & Friends – 
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video & Lockdown Film Club

SIDNEY & FRIENDS is now available on Amazon Prime Video, after more than 100 screenings in 28 countries, and winning 13 Best Documentary Awards (plus 11 additional nominations). Also available on UN Lockdown Film Club, see below. The film tells the story of Sidney, who is intersex. When his family tries to kill him, Sidney […]

US: Lawmakers propose third gender option on passports

US: Lawmakers propose third gender option on passports

A US lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill that would add a gender-neutral option to US passports, in a move advocates said would advance the rights of LGBT+ people, but which officials earlier ruled out as too expensive. If passed, the United States would join over 10 countries – including Canada, Germany, Australia and India […]

Intersex Austrian becomes first to get third-sex identity documents

Intersex Austrian becomes first to get third-sex identity documents

The first Austrian to gain official documents with a third option beyond male or female on Wednesday hailed the move as recognition for those who do not identify as either. “(For) the first time in my life, I feel seen by the law,” said Alex Juergen, who is intersex, a term for people who are […]

Talent not testosterone powers intersex athletes, BMJ says

Talent not testosterone powers intersex athletes, BMJ says

Talent not testosterone is behind the success of intersex athletes, such as Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, scientists said on Wednesday, stepping into a toxic battle of the sexes over fairness in sport. The editorial in the British Medical Journal flies counter to those who want to ban competitors with high levels of testosterone from competing in women-only […]

Iceland: Intersex children at risk while without new protection, activist says

Iceland: Intersex children at risk while without new protection, activist says

The future health of Iceland’s intersex children has been put at risk with the removal of protections from a draft law that promotes transgender rights, the country’s leading intersex activist said on Tuesday. An article in the draft Bill on Act on Sexual and Gender Autonomy, expected to come before the Icelandic Parliament this month, […]

US: Nonbinary? Intersex? 11 states issuing third gender IDs

US: Nonbinary? Intersex? 11 states issuing third gender IDs

People in New Jersey will be able to mark their gender as ‘undesignated/nonbinary’ on their birth certificates from Friday, the latest US state to liberalise its policies. A report in October that US President, Donald Trump’s administration was considering defining gender as male or female, based on genitalia at birth, drew widespread condemnation. Here are […]

Germany: Parliament approves ‘third gender’ option

Germany: Parliament approves ‘third gender’ option

(Reuters) – The German parliament has approved a third gender option on official documents for ‘intersex’ people, who do not identify as either male or female, and may be born with untypical sexual anatomy. The German government in August voted to introduce the third category of ‘various’, alongside male and female, on birth certificates and […]

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

Swiss Senate votes to improve protection on grounds of sexual orientation but not gender identity

On 28 November 2018, the Senate of Switzerland voted to criminalise hate speech and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, but refused to do the same for grounds of gender identity. ILGA-Europe welcomes the extension of protections against hate speech and discrimination based on sexual orientation – this is an important step forward for lesbian, […]