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Lessons From A Christmas Carol: Acceptance and Kindness for Children with Differences of Sex Development

Courtney Finlayson | Posted 12.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Finlayson

In the spirit of the holidays, I hope to open your hearts to understand a group of patients that have suffered, often silently, from stigmatization related to "disorders of sex development" (DSD) or "intersex," which affect up to 1 in 4,500 individuals.

Michael Phelps' Supposed Girlfriend Came Out As Intersex. She Was Not 'Born A Man.'

Avery Stone | Posted 11.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

The bottom line is this: If the media covers someone who comes out as intersex, it is its responsibility to educate itself about what that means. In Chandler's case, although some outlets did cover the term correctly, the majority failed. This is deplorable. Why? Because it just reinforces stereotypes.

Trans and Intersex Awareness and Understanding in the LGB Community

Patti Spangler | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Patti Spangler

For over 25 years, I was an ordinary woman with a secret. It's a secret that always made me feel "less than" and caused me to leave behind a trail of failed dreams and relationships. In those years of ordinariness, no one ever discovered my secret even though not a single day went by without me being terrified they would.

A Look At Aromantic, Queerplatonic And Other Orientations You Might Not Have Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices

It started as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and later grew into LGBTQIA (adding in queer, intersex and asexual). But it may become eve...

9 Things To Know About Being Intersex

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Perhaps one of the least understood subgroups of the queer community are intersex people -- and now one TV show is attempting to bring this form of id...

MTV Show To Break Ground By Featuring Intersex Character

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices

MTV is slated to go where few other networks have gone before when it includes an intersex character on the second season of the popular scripted seri...

"God Don't Make No Mistakes": Common Sense, Faith-Based Celebration of Gender Minorities

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The upcoming proposal to ban recognition of transgender (including intersex) identities by the Southern Baptist Convention, though put forth by a college professor of ethics, is neither well-educated in its understanding of the complex biology of gender nor ethical.

'I'm Really Lucky To Have Been Born Intersex'

HuffPost Live | Posted 04.21.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

An estimated 1 in 2,000 babies is intersex, or has reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't fit the typical male or female definition. Pidgeon Pago...

Stunning Photos Tell The Story Of An Intersex Sex Worker (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts

This is Claudette. Claudette is a husband, a grandfather and an award-winning cyclist. She's also an intersex sex worker. "I’d rather sell my ass th...

Will The US Finally Recognize Non-Binary Genders?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A petition is making its rounds on the Internet that calls on politicians to legally recognize individuals whose bodies and experiences fall outside o...

If We Can't Own the Right Labels, We Can't Expect the Wider Society to Get It Right

Eden Walker | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

I'm a construct, a creation of a surgeon forcing me away from my birth and designing me so you can feel more comfortable. Your normality and complicity in a bi-sexed system led me to a life of pain and discomfort. I am a curiosity in a world of "normals."

'First I Was A Typical Girl...Then I Was This Intersex Thing'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices

Being intersex is oft-misunderstood and frequently overlooked, not only within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community but the wor...

Germany To Make History By Allowing Parents To Choose No Gender On Birth Certificates

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.31.2013 | Gay Voices

On Friday, Nov. 1, Germany will become the first country in the world to allow parents to leave the gender box blank on their child's birth certificat...

We Just Want to Be a Family: Civil Marriage Is a Civil Right!

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

I included the court-order proof of my "sex change," as it is referred to in this situation, which the 2009 Family Code designates as an acceptable proof of identification in order to obtain a marriage license in the state of Texas. And then Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart denied us.

Parents Sue State For 'Careless, Ill-Considered' Gender Reassignment Surgery Performed On Their Son

Posted 09.12.2013 | Gay Voices

A South Carolina couple has filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against their home state over a gender reassignment operation performed on their adopted so...

WATCH: Boy Discovered He Was Intersex From School Physical

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Germany will soon be the first European country to recognize babies born with ambiguous genitalia as a third gender, allowing parents to choose a baby...

LGBT Legal Progress: 1988 - 2038

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Much of the progress towards freedom and equality occurs in legislatures and courts, making a legal education a necessity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 25th anniversary conference of Lavender Law in San Francisco.

Why I Don't Do Pride Anymore

Eden Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

It wasn't neo-Nazis and threats of violence that stopped me from going to Pride. It wasn't the commercialization of Pride that deterred me from staking my claim to my part of the LGBTQI space. It was a butch lesbian with a bouncer's badge.

WATCH: Powerful Video Explains And Discusses Intersex Identity

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Over the past several months, Australia's National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education (NICHE) has been engaged in an incredibly impactful ...

Los Angeles Radio Icon Sheena Metal Poses Dilemma for Anti-Trangender 'Moralists'

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

Both the transgender community and the intersex community can gain from a higher public profile of intersex people. Not only will this improve the lives of some intersex people, but it will educate society at large that when it comes to gender, the black-and-white view is another fallacy.

NIH Launches Unprecedented Call for Input on LGBTI Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the premier health research institution in the world, wants us to tell them what we care about in LGBTI and Two-Spirit health. We have from now until Oct. 28 to speak up... or forever wish we had.

Sex, Gender and the Greater Truth Forgotten in the Marriage Equality Debate

Larry Womack | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Larry Womack

We're born with biological sexes that may or may not be male or female, gender identities that may or may not align with them and sexual orientations that are all over the place. How have we come this far in the marriage debate without asking how such suspect delineations could matter?

Australia's 'Intersex' Move

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices

The Australian government has announced new guidelines on gender recognition which state that individuals should be given the option of selecting "mal...

SheZow, Bam, Pow! Children Trangressing Gender in Real Life and Media

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The one group of trans persons over whom there is still oftentimes fierce debate in the medical community is composed of children. We simply don't have any evidence-based understanding of which gender non-conforming boys will turn out trans, which will be gay, and which straight -- gender conforming or not.

Carolina Infant's Mistaken Sex Assignment Surgery More Than a Case of Malpractice

Erica K. Landau | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Erica K. Landau

Born intersex, the child identified in court papers only as "M.C." had "ambiguous genitals" and "both male and female reproductive organs." When he was 16 months old and a ward of the state, doctors and health officials in South Carolina decided that he would become a girl.