Mission statement

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Policy statements should always be checked against the policy positions of local OII affiliates. Our Mission Campaign in favour of human rights for the intersexed. Encourage an exchange of ideas and different perspectives about intersex from various groups and geographical regions. Provide information concerning actual life experiences of people with intersex conditions to medical personnel…
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Official position on a third sex

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Policy positions should always be checked against the policy positions of local OII affiliates. On a Third Sex The creation of a new category to be designated intersex poses several problems. First of all, how do we define intersexuality? OII believes that there will be never a clear definition and at the same time, that…
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Official position on medical care

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Policy positions should always be checked against the policy positions of local OII affiliates. On Medical Care Our societies have accepted a binary construct between male and female which does not reflect Nature and the enormous variety of possible sexes which overlap one another in various gradations on a spectrum with male at one end…
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Why we do not use “Disorder of Sex Development”

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OII delivered one of the first organised English-language responses to the introduction of this terminology (acknowledging also the objections of Milton Diamond at the time, as well as David, Peter and Esther who proofread the Parent’s Handbook, and those of activists from non-English speaking countries at the time, whose work we were not all aware…
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Intergender and intersex

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Why is the intergender community so important to the intersex community? Often those of us who are intersex who also affirm our intergender identity are marginalized not only by society at large but by the intersex community itself. It is time that we take our rightful place at the table and articulate our own views about…
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How to define a term without defining the person

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Presented at the 1st European OII Intersex Event, Paris I would like to express my thanks to the organisers of this conference, and OII France and Belgium, for asking me to speak today. I had only intended to come to show solidarity with my fellows here in Paris today, so please forgive me if this…
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OII FAQ

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The Organisation Intersex International (OII) is devoted to systemic change to end the fear, shame, secrecy and stigma experienced by children and adults through the practice of non-consensual normalisation treatments for people born with atypical anatomy, and the arbitrary assignment of a particular gender without an informed consultation with the individual concerned. We have learned…
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