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Various media reports on intersex issues.

Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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Allowed?

Body shaming is an intersex issue

Please note that this post contains distressing images. It intersperses quotations about intersex infants and children with quotations about the bodies of public figures. Body shaming is an intersex issue, perhaps even more than any other issue. It stunts people’s lives and provides rationales for harmful medical interventions. If you want to know why openly…
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London Olympics by Farrukh, CC by NC 2.0

Reporting on the Olympics

Much of the reporting on some women athletes participating in the Rio Olympics is insupportable. It makes assumptions about their bodies, sex, gender identity and expressions that is deeply concerning. Much reporting fails to acknowledge the lack of scientific evidence for body policing by sporting institutions, and the deep personal cost of such assumptions, which…
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Tony Briffa in the Star Observer

Tony Briffa on “coming out” as intersex

“Coming out” means something different for people with intersex variations, in contrast to the experience of LGB and trans/gender diverse people. Throughout childhood Briffa learned, often one piece at a time, the details of the intersex variation Briffa was born with: at five, that Briffa couldn’t have children; at 11, that Briffa wouldn’t have periods;…
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ABC Alice Springs: Georgie's story

I am intersex: Georgie Yovanovic’s story

We would like to thank Georgie Yovanovic, and ABC journalist Emma Sleath, for this personal interview published by ABC Alice Springs. Georgie is a spokesperson for Sisters and Brothers NT. Most people assume that Georgie Yovanovic is transgender. She identifies as a female, often dresses as a female and displays many of the traits commonly…
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ABC Alice Springs, interview with Shon Klose

I am intersex: Shon Klose’s story

We would like to thank Shon Klose, and ABC journalist Emma Sleath, for this personal interview published by ABC Alice Springs. Shon is the diversity spokesperson for Sisters and Brothers NT. There are a lot of people out there who are experiencing trauma and mental health issues because of the way they’ve been treated in…
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Claudia Astorino

Media reporting: the real intersex scandal

Right now, we can’t think of any other form of bodily diversity that is subject to such relentless negative and salacious press coverage, and so rare a case of positive reporting. For people who have not been following the story of Taylor Chandler, who reports she was born intersex and recently in a relationship with…
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Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner

European Commissioner for Human Rights issues powerful statement on intersex rights

Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has just issued a powerful statement on the rights of intersex people. It acknowledges a history of surgeries without consent, and our rights to self-determination and physical integrity. It acknowledges a need for greater public awareness, and better support for parents, families and intersex children:…
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MCV interviewes Tony Briffa

GNN interviews Tony Briffa: a new quest for human rights

Rachel Cook in MCV/Gay News Network interviews Tony Briffa in a great extended review of Tony’s life and work, published today. On finding out about Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and taking testosterone: At the age of 29, (after she had been in a straight marriage with a man for two years from 19 to 21 and…
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Star Observer: INTERSEX EXPLAINED AND THE ISSUES THAT CONFRONT US

Star Observer: Intersex explained and the issues that confront us

OII Australia president Morgan Carpenter has been kindly published by the Star Observer with an introduction to intersex, and an explanation of health, human rights and identity issues: …the ACT Government is considering the introduction of a third “intersex” category on birth certificates, and the High Court is due to rule on the case of…
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