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Kia ora everyone I promised myself that this weekend I would write something for the web site. I said last year that I was going to write lots. Then the words dried up. I thought it was because I had nothing to say, but only recently, I have realised it actually was a word/feeling logjam. […]

Its been a tough week for many in our community Lots of us know about hate. In many and complicated ways. Sometimes in our families. Sometimes at school. Sometimes at church. The local gym Our communities. Bullies. Other places and people. Sometimes random strangers who attack for no other reason than they see our difference. […]

A speech at parliament On Saturday the 5th of March I was invited to participate in an event at parliament to mark and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of homosexual law reform. I am old enough to have been a young activist while homosexuality was still a crime in New Zealand. So for me it was […]

The Arcus Foundation intersex Forum – intersex activists from around the world.

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 […]

Intersex day poster 2015

Monday October 26th is another Intersex Awareness Day, and thanks to various people, including Pidge it is going to be bigger and brighter than previous years! This year the Intersex Trust of Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) will join activists around the globe to take part in the Intersex Awareness Day Twitterstorm. Our community members, family, friends […]

Arlene Baratz MD

Parental choice on normalising cosmetic genital surgery A wonderful  response to the BMJ article, thank you Arlene. It would be my dream that all parents get to read this before they start making decisions on behalf of their intersex child. -Mani. In response to: British Medical Journal article Normalising cosmetic genital surgery, BMJ 2015;351:h5124 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5124 […]

Put in the Night

The Free & Equal Global Film Series is a collection of documentaries and narrative films that explore the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in different parts of the world. Films included in the series are available to UN offices for non-commercial screenings and educational purposes. The Global Film Series is part […]

The UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner has released an intersex fact sheet as part of its Free&Equal campaign, and as part of the worldwide movement to recognise the human rights of people with intersex variations. The first of its kind by the UN, the fact sheet explains what ‘intersex’ means, noting its distinction […]

Groundbreaking research Mani and Dame Margaret Sparrow were guests at a very special presentation by 4th year medical students at Otago University. They presented a groundbreaking piece of research looking at the experience of takatapui in the health care system. Ti Whanawhana collaborated with the students in this piece of research.   This work  gives […]