Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Express your opinion about Intersex Human Rights

The Organisation Intersex International wishes to express its disappointment that the City of Toronto is hosting a conference which will further stigmatise and promote non-consensual surgery and hormonal treatments for intersex children. This conference gives no real representation from intersex people themselves and it treats us as “disorders” of sex development, a very offensive way of speaking about us.

We further are shocked that the conference will include three interactive surgeries for participants.

We are not disordered and we want access to treatments that we CHOOSE and we want to be able to give fully informed consent. Help stop the harm. Let the organisers know how you feel about human rights for intersex people.

Curtis E. Hinkle
Founder of Organisation Internationale des Intersexués (OII)
Montréal, PQ

Here is some brief information about the conference:

III World Congress on Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development

The 3rd World Congress on Hypospadias and Disorders of Sex Development will take place in North America for the first time. The congress will be held both at the Hospital for Sick Children and at the Marriott Hotel Toronto Eaton Centre.

This multiprofessional conference (Urology, Gynecology, Endocrinology, Social Work, Medical Genetics, Genetic Counseling, Psychology and Psychiatry) will have a portion dedicated to each specialty and another to all specialists in the plenary session. Surgeons will also have a full day with 3 live interactive surgeries and video sessions.

The conference will focus on the growing interest in the congenital urogenital problems of children where many questions remain unanswered, and will also focus on the reconstructive surgery of hypospadias and intersex, and on the psycho-social aspects of care. The congress will review the pathology in inter-sex gonads with a focus on which conditions are more likely to have malignancy and to relate this data to the timing of gonadectomy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - Sunday, November 15, 2009
Marriott Hotel Toronto
525 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L2
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1 comment:

  1. excerpt due to lack of space:

    These some 30 years of consternation, suffering, humiliation, shattered sports careers and broken lives, and this enormous BIG BROTHER set up, causing all this, has been, and apparently still is, based completely on inadequate and inconclusive grounds.

    With the knowledge we have today, no one, but absolutely no one, with any sense of what is just and fair, can say that what was done, was done with methods and procedures which were, or has later been, proved to be beyond any reasonable doubt.

    What all this leaves us with is the fact that those who were excluded for not passing the gender verification, or femininity test which it was unpleasantly also called, were excluded wrongly on inadequate and inconclusive grounds, and therefore they should be exonerated. Those who were “just” scared away it is, unfortunately, not possible to make it up to.

    But then, what now ?
    Obviously international sport will have to relate to double gender, to intersexuality, to transsexuality and to all other related issues.

    Georg M. Facius