Welcome to the online home of Organization Intersex International – OII – a decentralized global network of intersex organizations

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Welcome to the online home of Organization Intersex International – OII – a decentralized global network of intersex organizations

What is intersex? THE term intersex was adopted by science in the early 20th century and applied to human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as clearly male or female. An intersex person may have the biological attributes of both sexes or lack some of the biological attributes considered necessary to be defined as…
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OII-USA’s Viloria to be published by Oxford U Press in college textbook

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OII-USA/ICE Executive Director Hida Viloria’s May 2014 essay, “What’s in a Name: Intersex and Identity,” will be published by Oxford University Press this December in the college textbook, QUEER: A Reader for Writers, by Jason Schneiderman. The essay elaborates on the importance of “intersex” rhetoric and de-pathologization in attaining human rights for intersex people. Our gratitude…
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Statement by OII Europe: we applaud Malta’s new law

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This is a landmark case for intersex rights within European law reform On the 1st of April 2015 a historic reform is taking place within the Maltese law code. With the Gender Identity, Gender Expression And Sex Characteristics Act, historic steps are being taken to bring forth an end to non-medically necessary, cosmetic genital surgeries…
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The real Michael Phelps girlfriend story

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The real Michael Phelps girlfriend story

Claudia Astorino writes in The Guardian newspaper on the real Michael Phelps girlfriend story: To the media outlets interested in writing truthfully about intersex people: focus on who we are as human beings. Raise awareness that we exist, and that we’re fighting for our basic human rights: it’s been routine since the 50s to medically…
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Semaine de visibilité intersexe 2014 au Québec

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Le comité Visibilité Intersexe du Centre de lutte contre l’oppression des genres a été particulièrement actif dans les derniers jours! Nous remercions du fond du coeur tous les groupes qui nous ont appuyés, de même que les personnes qui ont participé aux événements. Merci au Centre de lutte contre l’oppression des genres, à l’OII-Francophonie, au…
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Intersex Awareness Day 2014 – post by OII Australia

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Intersex Awareness Day 2014 – post by OII Australia

October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day. Morgan Carpenter of OII Australia wrote this article in the Star Observer newspaper: People with intersex variations are born with atypical physical sex characteristics. Intersex people face a range of health and human rights issues, and deep-seated stigma, caught between two contrasting visions of who and how we should…
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