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Intersexuality/DSD In North America & Europe

Support groups. Intersex Awareness
Day (IAD), Blogs, Journal, and Books.

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This essay was originally written at a time when the term "intersexual" was in wide use.
It is now being replaced by the term "Disorder of Sexual Development,""DSD," or "intersex."

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Support groups of, and for, intersexual persons:

  • The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) had as its mission a devotion:

    "... to systemic change to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female."

The group was founded in 1993. During mid-2008, its leaders felt that they had accomplished their goals, and closed the office. Its web site has not been updated since that time. However, -- as of late 2018 -- it remains accessible on the Internet as a historical artifact. See: It continues to be included in the Google Search Engine as a main resource on the topic even though it has not been updated in over a decade.

  • Accord Alliance" is located in Whitehouse Station, NJ. They promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by differences of sex development (DSD)."

  • OII-USA is the U.S. affiliate of the Organization Intersex International. Their group:
  • "... resists all efforts to make intersex invisible, including genital mutilation, medicalization and normalization without consent and offers another face to intersex lives and experience by highlighting the richness and diversity of intersex identities and culture."

  • Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) supports:

    "... lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans[gender], queer, intersex, and Two Spirit (LGBTQI2S) people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement. Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias." 1

  • The UK Intersex Association"... is an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organization which works on behalf of intersexed people" in the UK.

  • OII Europe describes themselves as: "... the only Intersex-led umbrella organization working for human rights of intersex people in Europe."

  • Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) was formerly known as Oii Australia, and serves intersex persons in that country.

  • ISNA's founder, Cheryl Chase, founded Accord Alliance during 2008:

    "... to promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by intersex (disorders of sex development), by promoting collaboration and shared decision-making between patients, families, clinicians, and researchers interested in improving care and health outcomes." 2

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Intersex Awareness Day (IAD):

This is celebrated internationally on October 26th.

The first IAD was celebrated in Boston during 1996-OCT-26 at the time of the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual conference. It was the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. Annual commemoration of the day began in 2003.

Internet blogs:

Many other blogs can be found by Googling  intersexual blog   Most are relatively inactive.

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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. C Ali-Akow, "Report submitted by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, 2017-MAY, at:
  2. "Intersex Society of North America," Wikipedia, as on 2012-DEC-02, at:

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Copyright 1998 to 2018 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 1998-MAR-16

Last updated on 2018-OCT-26
Author: Bruce A Robinson
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