Intersex activists denounce infant surgeries

By : Grace Perry OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sean Saifa Wall spent more than two decades in the wrong body until he decided to live the life he had always wanted to: that of a man. 

Wall, a nationally recognized black, intersex activist, was assigned female at birth because of his “abnormally” small phallus but had undescended testis. He was one of eight in his family born with partial androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS): an intersex variation where an individual is born with XY chromosomes but is resistant to male hormones (androgens). Thus, these individuals have the genetic makeup of a male but some or all of the physical traits of a female. 



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Federal court reopens intersex passport applicant case

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A federal court in Denver on Tuesday reopened the case of an intersex person who sued the State Department after it denied them a passport.

Dana Zzyym, a U.S. Navy veteran who is the associate director of the U.S. affiliate of the Organization Intersex International, applied for a passport in 2014 in order to travel to Mexico City for a conference. The State Department told Zzyym it denied the passport application because it was “unable to fulfill your request to list your sex as “X.””

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731 people get gender changes on NYC birth certificates

By : Wire Report
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NEW YORK (AP)- New York City health officials say they’ve changed the gender listed on 731 birth certificates since January 2015.

Slightly more than half of the changes were from male to female.

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Lawsuit asks for option besides male, female on US passports

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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado resident denied a passport for refusing to identify as either male or female on the application form has sued the federal government to try to force the United States to join a handful of other countries that allow people to get travel documents without picking a gender.

Lambda Legal announced the lawsuit Oct. 26 on behalf of Dana Zzyym (pronounced Zimm) of Fort Collins, Colorado, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics – referred to as intersex. It names Secretary of State John Kerry as a defendant and claims that requiring people to check a box marked either “M” or “F” is discriminatory and asks people like Zzyym to lie.

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Germany will let parents leave gender boxes blank on birth certifcates

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Starting Nov. 1, Germany will become the world’s first country allowing parents to not choose a gender on their newborns’ birth certificates, The Huffington Post reports.

The German law aims to recognize intersex individuals and newborns without clearly determinable genitalia, in the hopes of easing the pressure for parents to determine a gender immediately at birth, and avoid making the wrong decision in this early time.

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