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Sat, Oct 26

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Intersex Awareness Day

To bring awareness to the issues intersex individuals face, Intersex Awareness Day was spearheaded in 2004 by Emi Koyoma. What started as a grassroots movement has grown into an internationally recognized event, including media coverage of activists, panel discussions, festivals, and film screenings

Time & Location

Oct 26, 2024, 12:00 AM

All Day

About the event

Intersex people have historically been mistreated and marginalized, even though intersex represents natural human variation and the traits are fairly common. Most notably, there is a long history of misguided doctors performing medically unnecessary surgeries and treatments that aim to “fix” or “cure” intersex individuals, often without sharing the full implications with parents. To bring awareness to this issue among others, Intersex Awareness Day was spearheaded in 2004 by Emi Koyoma of The Portland Intersex Initiative and Betsy Driver of Bodies Like Ours. To bring awareness to this issue among others, Intersex Awareness Day was spearheaded in 2004 by Emi Koyoma of The Portland Intersex Initiative and Betsy Driver of Bodies Like Ours. They chose October 26 to mark the anniversary of a 1996 Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) protest in Boston where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual meeting. Click HERE to view the resources developed by The Diversity Movement.

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