Here is a way to add the “I” for intersex, responsibly to LGBT+. Demographics show that about half of us intersex people identify as LGBTQ+ in some way. Intersex people receive the collateral damage of homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia, and intersex phobia. Harm can come to intersex children and people when added to LGBTQ+ without accurate knowledge about us. So I offer below a solution.
Every time well-intentioned people use the wrong language, an intersex child is hurt by it. Here is how to add the “I” with responsibility and care:
Below are pages to print, and several essential links that you need to use as references or add to your webpage if you are an organization. It is so important that the parents of intersex children, and intersex adults, are guided to informed and safe people. LGBTQ safe professionals and safe transgender organizations at this point have not been educated or informed adequality.
Most importantly, these links and organizations below support that an intersex child has the human right to their self-determination of gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression. That being born intersex is about our sex and physical anatomical differences.
Below are organizations that support:
- “No Body is Shameful” and to not enforce “born in the wrong body” binary male and female only theories of gender dysphoria.
- The Rights of the Child in hopes to end all non-consensual medically necessary genital and reproductive corrective surgeries.
- Self-Determination of our own personal gender identity.
- Genital Integrity | My Body My Choice | Delay is Okay
- Protecting an intersex child from unnecessary sex reassignment genital corrective surgeries as a nonconsenting child.
- That being born Intersex is about having a bodily variation, not a condition, disorder or syndrome.
Four PDF Files to print:
5) To Change Medical Policies: Intersex Affirming Hospital Policies By IntersexACT and Lambda Legal
Links to add and make available on your websites or social media:
Facebook Support Group: Intersex Support for Parents (Closed FaceBook Group)
For those outside of the United States:
Thank you for helping us to change this world!
My thoughts about why we should add the “I” now: Why I feel INTERSEX should be added to the LGBTQ rainbow
In this Rainbow Talk at the 2016 ILGA World Conference, Mani Bruce Mitchell speaks about intersex human rights and reminds us why we must not leave out the “I” in our advocacy efforts. Mani shares in this: “We are Rainbows Within Rainbows”.
“I respect anyones decision to not be LGBTQ, but we have to have historical accuracy and recognize that the prejudice that goes into the medical treatment of us is almost purely out of a want to keep people from being gay or trans. Homophobia and transphobia are driving forces behind our oppression and our liberation is linked deeply.”
A note I posted to social media on March 1, 2020: