ARE INTERSEX PEOPLE MALE OR FEMALE?

Nowadays there are so many different terms and issues surrounding sexual identity, gender and orientation. It can get confusing, and a common question asked is “are intersex people male or female?”
It’s a great question, and many people throw the word around without fully understanding it. The truth is that the male and female archetypes are the furthest ends of the sex characteristics spectrum. This is where the term “intersex” comes in, as it is somewhere on this scale.

Time have recently written an article on a new documentary. “No Box For Me” is an exploration of how intersex people are categorized and considered to have disorders. Read more about it here.

 
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Iceland’s Gender Autonomy Act is a Step Forward for Trans and Intersex Rights

An article on the Iceland review released on Wednesday inspires confidence in Iceland’s legislative commitment to protecting the rights of citizen identity and personal autonomy. The bill would ensure that surgery and gender reassignment would be outlawed until a point where an intersex child is old enough to make their own decision.

Whilst the bill to prevent infant male circumcision seems to have dropped off the radar for the time being, this new piece of legislation shows Iceland’s conscientiousness and sympathy to the rights of children and to citizens who do not have a rigid identity structure or may wish to make their own decisions on it when they reach an age of maturity.

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MADRAS HIGH COURT: LEAVE INTERSEX CHILDREN ALONE

The High Court of Madras has decided recently to protect the rights of intersex children. This is a monumentally progressive stance that has been taken, and Justice GR Swaminathan was quoted with the following words:

“When a child is born it is usually endowed with male genitalia or female genitalia. But there are children who are born with genitalia that belong to neither category.  They are known as intersex children. They must be given time and space to find their true gender identity. But the parents make the infant undergo sex reassignment surgery.”
– Justice GR Swaminathan

Justice K Chandru (formerly a judge of the Madras High Court) was cited from a ruling in 2007 by Justice Swaminathan. Chandru expressed how the consent of a parent cannot be considered as that of the child.

Elegantly, the 2007 ruling included the following quote from Khalil Gibran, the 19th century poet:

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life. They come through you but not from you and though they are with you they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent.”

– Khalil Gibran

This is an abstract. To read the full article which goes into greater detail please visit IndiaLegalLive.com

Whilst the high court ruling does not apply to the entire of India, it does show that the sentiment is there to respect the consent and future choices of intersex children until they are mature enough to make a decision over their own bodies.

IHRA: JOINT STATEMENT TO THE CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION & THE W.H.O

JOINT STATEMENT ON “MALE & FEMALE: HE CREATED THEM”, TOWARDS A PATH OF DIALOGUE ON THE QUESTION OF GENDER THEORY IN EDUCATION, BY THE CONGREGATION FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION.

We, intersex-led and allied networks, organizations and activists, express our grave concern regarding the position adopted by the Congregation for Catholic Education in regard to people born with variations of sex characteristics. The document treats us as validly existing only when unnamed, and pathologized as subjects of forced and coercive medical interventions. This will cause profound distress to many intersex people and our families. We reject these positions because of their intrinsic harm to intersex people.

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“WE EXIST!” – INTERSEX COMMUNITY AROUND THE WORLD RESPOND TO REMARKS BY THE VATICAN

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Vatican office said intersex babies should be subject to medically unnecessary procedures to make them ‘normal’

Intersex people have delivered a powerful call to the Vatican, saying ‘we exist’.

Networks, organizations and activists expressed their grave concern following a document released by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The office said intersex children must be subject to forced medical intervention to ‘normalize’ them.

Elsewhere in the document, the office also said trans people ‘annihilate the concept of nature’.

Intersex groups tell Vatican: ‘We exist’

Intersex-led and allied groups around the world have penned an open letter to the office.

They say the comments will cause ‘profound distress to many intersex people and our families’.

To read the full article follow this link.

COMMUNITY PETITION

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.

Male circumcision in infants is an unnecessary, irreversible and unfair procedure to place upon a boy who may in the future disagree with the reasons for which it was done. Religion and parental opinion are not appropriate reasons to remove an essential part of a boys body when they lack the ability to refuse.”

You can find the link to this petition here.

 

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.”

Introduce an outright ban on non-medical circumcision of boys in the UK for anyone under the age of 18.

DEADLINE:
21 September 2019

GENITAL MUTILATION: HOW MALTA’S LAW FAILS INTERSEX CHILDREN

Malta is world-famous for being the first state to formally outlaw intersex genital mutilation in 2015, despite that the law failed to include any sanctions and IGM continues both domestically and overseas.

After tacitly amending the law last year, the Maltese government now claims to have “equalis[ed] the penalties applicable to intersex genital mutilation to the penalties applicable to female genital mutilation”. But is this really true? Intersex NGO StopIGM.org investigates…

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GERMANY ADOPTS INTERSEX IDENTITY INTO LAW

People who do not fit the biological definition of male or female can now choose the category “diverse” on official documents. Those choosing the option will need a doctor’s certificate to register.

Intersex people are born with both male and female sex characteristics, which can appear at birth or later in life.

Other countries have approved laws in recent years to help recognise intersex people…

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WHAT IS INTERSEX? A PERSONAL EXPLAINER

In this video filmmaker River Gallo gives us the breakdown of what it means to be intersex. GLAAD defines intersex as “an umbrella term describing people born with reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or a chromosome pattern that can’t be classified as typically male or female.” Gallo shares his experience as an intersex person, hopes for the future, and the importance of education about the intersex community.

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