To all our friends and visitors to this web site greetings. If you are a regular visitor I apologise for the lack of new content. Last year was one of those ‘hard ones’ for me, I had to battle with some pretty significant health issues. I plan to talk more about these things in another update, for now know I am doing okay, and learning lots about the medical complications that many of us need to deal with as adults.
2016 is huge and significant for ITANZ. Twenty years ago I traveled to America to attend the first ever residential retreat for intersex people. Ten people, some of our lovers and friends gathered to share and talk. The powerful documentary ‘Hermaphrodites Speak’ was one of the tangible results of that amazing weekend.
This year I had the extraordinary pleasure of being back in America and meeting up with some of the people who were also at that first retreat. So much has happened since that historic gathering. We have, finally an international community of activism and support. In part thanks to to the work that ilga did in funding and supporting the international intersex forums.
We, intersex people have a visible presence in places like the United Nations, The World Health Organisation.
There is increased visibility and information. A beautiful example of change was this year being at the January - Creating Change Conference in Chicago – The conference had a very strong intersex youth presence…
We might not yet have changed the medical model – what we have done though is ensure that youth do not need to grow up as lonely and as isolated that most of us did in previous decades. Thank you interACT and the Arcus Foundation
Organisations are established in so many countries.
There is international funding now to support this work. (Thank you Astraea Foundation)
A small number of countries around the world have moved to provide protection and support for intersex people and their families.
On the negative side of the ledger the medical model remains largely unchanged and unchallenged. The model locked in outmoded thinking around binary gender and gender identity, notions of normalcy, sexuality, mental health, autonomy, and bodily integrity.
As it is our Anniversary year we plan to post regularly here, covering both significant events form the last twenty years… as well as looking forward to the future… meet you back here soon.
Mani Bruce Mitchell