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Why Intersex Genital Mutilation Needs to Stop

Why Intersex Genital Mutilation Needs to Stop “You have to decide for yourself.” by Vera Papisova and Evaan Kheraj Edited by Chloe Gbai JUN 29, 2017 People who are born intersex aren’t different or abnormal, yet doctors still perform often unnecessary surgeries on them without consent. According to intersex advocates Hanne Gaby Odiele, Emily Quinn and Pidgeon Pagonis, intersex people across the world are being subjected to genital surgery that they don’t need and don’t consent to. These surgeries are not only traumatic, they say, they perpetuate the unnecessary shame and stigma associated with being intersex. Organization Intersex International says Intersex Genital Mutilation is the practice of...

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Chelsea Manning Walks Back Into a World She Helped Transform

TODAY, CHELSEA MANNING walked out of the military prison that held her for seven years, and into a world largely remade by her actions. Our very own Nobel Peace Laureat Mairead Corrigan Maguire was pictured here today at the Swedish Parliament Celebrating her release. “Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now—which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me,” she said in a statement through her ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio. Manning marked the occasion with a photo of her first steps of freedom on Instagram, an app...

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Strasbourg court: Forced sterilisation trans people violates human rights

Strasbourg court: Forced sterilisation trans people violates human rights Tuesday, 11th April 2017 Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requiring trans people to undergo sterilisation in order to have their gender recognised, violates human rights. In the case A.P. and Others v. France, three transgender people attempted to change the entries on their sex and forenames on their birth certificates, and were refused so by the national courts, as they did not meet the infertility requirement. The applicants held that the authorities had infringed their right to respect for their private life (Article 8 of the European Convention on...

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A rare condition meant doctors weren’t sure what sex Joe was born.

A rare condition meant doctors weren’t sure what sex Joe was born. With support from Princess Diana, he was finally accepted as a girl. Then came a shattering discovery Joe Holliday was born in 1988 with the rare condition cloacal exstrophy His genitals were never formed, leaving doctors stumped at his birth In 1998 he legally became Joella after living as a girl since the age of one Now, aged 27, he tells of his transition to become male once again By Joe Holliday For The Daily Mail Mum remembers it vividly — the look of horror on the midwives’...

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Hanne Gaby Odiele is the world’s first intersex supermodel

A Face for the Unseen Cady Lang March 2, 2017 Hanne Gaby Odiele, 29, is a fashion model and intersex activist Up to 1.7% of the global population is born with intersex traits—that is, variations in chromosomes, genitals and internal organs that put an individual outside the typical binary of male or female. If that sounds rare to you, consider that it is broadly equivalent to the odds of being born with red hair. For how common being intersex is, however, there’s a shocking lack of public awareness about what it actually means. However, if Hanne Gaby Odiele has her...

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