When medicine can be dangerous to your health and human rights – ACOG pretends that intersex is transgender

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that intersex is transgender, when it is not in a paper, Health Care for Transgender Individuals, that has nothing to say about medical treatment specifically for intersex people.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Health Care for Transgender Individuals - click to download and read this PDF.

This paper could actually be dangerous to the health of intersex people, especially if US obstetricians and gynecologists try to treat us as if we were transgender.

Despite transgender and intersex people both being oppressed due to homophobia, in the same way that the rest of LGBTI is, it can be dangerous to treat our biologies and medical needs as the same.

The ACOG paper makes reference to a report by the Institute of Health of the National Academies – The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

The Institute’s paper recognizes that intersex and transgender are two very different things. We call on ACOG to do the same.