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From Pakistan to the USA and the International Olympics Committee, Intersex People are Treated as Less or Other than Human

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Author: Bhakti Ananda Goswami, board member, OII USA “Some sociologists and legal experts have suggested that eligibility for new ID cards or other benefits might require a physical exam and test to see how claimants urinate.” This ‘suggestion’ by “sociologists and legal experts” is appalling in its anti-scientific ignorance. Objective scientists and biologists know that…
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About the Term Intersex Versus the Term DSD

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Author: Bhakti Ananda Goswami, board member, OII USA Disclaimer: This article represents the views of its author and does not represent Organisation Intersex International policy nor that of its affiliates. The views of the author may well have changed since this article was written. About The General Scientific and Medical Use of The Term ‘Intersex’…
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The Times: “Caster Semenya and the middle sex”

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Sophia, a British member of OII is quoted in this story in the London Times. She is doubly qualified to comment on intersex in the media – Sophia is a geneticist. … Britain is the first to base treatment on the assumption that it should be acceptable for boys and girls to look far from…
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Sally Gross: Open Letter to Ms Semenya

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Dear Caster, Like many other South Africans, I rejoiced at your world-beating performance in Berlin and was horrified at the way in which your identity has been questioned so crudely and so publicly. The malice of those who made the complaint and the leaking of details to the press strikes me, as it strikes most…
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Sarah Graham writes to Ms Semenya

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Sarah Graham writes to Ms Semenya

Sarah Graham, UK intersex activist has written two excellent pieces on the Caster Semenya affair in her national press. The Independent The UK’s Independent newspaper has published an excellent open letter from Sarah Graham to Ms Mokgadi Caster Semenya in her support. We recommend it and we commend Ms Graham for writing it. Since you…
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Position statement on medical privacy

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OII’s policy concerning intersex, medical diagnoses and health information. OII is very sensitive to the individual’s right to privacy concerning medical information and does not require any release of medical information or any diagnosis to be a member of our support groups. OII members are instructed not to ask for a medical diagnosis from any…
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Intersex medical perspectives

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The information provided on this site is often written from a medical perspective and is provided as a service to help understand different intersex variations.  There are certain medical problems associated with some variations.  For medical help, please consult a qualified medical practitioner. OII does not accept intersex as a medical issue per se.  However, many…
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