NNID, Netherlands organization for sex diversity

NNID was founded in 2013 to focus on the non-medical issues and interests of people with an intersex condition/DSD.

NNID was founded in 2013 to focus on the non-medical issues and interests of people with an intersex condition/DSD. Its mission is to promote the recognition of sex as a continuum, without taboo and without social or medical stereotyping. The organization’s priorities include ending unnecessary medical surgeries and treatment, creating greater access to funding for intersex rights-related work, including intersex within education curricula, and changing the medical discourse. NNID works to advance the equal rights, emancipation and visibility of people with an intersex condition by convening stakeholders through a “participation board” and raising awareness through the media. The participation board brings together intersex patient groups, governmental institutions, LGBT advocacy groups, “knowledge institutions” and healthcare institutions to inform NNID’s advocacy to government. NNID is currently working to establish an Intersex/DSD Alliance that will create space for organizations to work together on projects to promote the human rights of intersex people and build the capacity of organizations in the process.

Check out our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video, featuring NNID Executive Director Miriam van der Have:

Rainbow Identity Association

The Rainbow Identity Association is a trans and intersex-led organization working to build strong, active and resilient transgender and intersex communities in Botswana and improve their lived realities.

Rainbow Identity Association was formed in 2008 to address challenges faced by trans and intersex communities in Botswana. They are facilitating referrals for health care focusing on mental health specialists and counsellors and for psychosocial support, sexual and reproductive health care, rehabilitation centres for drug and alcohol abuse; they are also disseminating information and providing training relating to HIV and STIs including information on HIV and STI prevention, treatment, care and support, disseminating HIV barrier products specifically geared towards the needs of transgender and intersex bodies. They provide legal referral assistance by linking up the persons who need legal advice or representation relating to the protection and promotion of their gender identity and expression rights. They promote advocacy through workshops for community organisers, activists, police, health workers, politicians, and other leaders, and information sessions for transgender and intersex people outlining their human rights. They are working in advancing trans and intersex issues in civic and legal platforms. During covid-19 they organized a webinar on the impact of the pandemic on trans and intersex people.

Pidgeon Pagonis

Pidgeon Pagonis is an intersex artist and activist who has worked for almost a decade researching, advocating and educating a wide range of audiences about intersex issues and rights, and the movement for bodily autonomy and justice.

Pidgeon Pagonis is an intersex artist and activist who has worked for almost a decade researching, advocating and educating a wide range of audiences about intersex issues and rights, and the movement for bodily autonomy and justice. In 2013, they began work on their documentary, The Son I Never Had, which gives an inside look at one intersex person’s experience. The film weaves narration, recorded conversations, and medical records with photos, video and animation, in the hopes of compelling viewers to take action against the human rights violations incurred by intersex people.

Organization Intersex International-Chinese (Oii-Chinese)

Oii-Chinese was established in 2008 to provide Chinese-speaking intersex people information created by intersex people and to bring intersex people together for peer support.

OiiChinese was established in 2008 to provide Chinesespeaking intersex people information created by intersex people and to bring intersex people together for peer support. They provide support for Chinesespeaking intersex people through an online group, especially with the pandemic and its impact on mental health. They also wrote an article as part of the calling on “advocate, protect and ensure the LGBTI rights to be respected” from the UN human rights experts for the CEAW review invited to Taiwan. They produced a 20,000 words document about intersex human rights issues that was then included in the curriculum for civil servants in Taiwan. They then gave a lecture on the topic to civil servants at a national level as well as high school teachers. Check out a video interview with Oii-Chinese’s Founder Hiker Chiu: Hiker was also featured in our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video:

Organisation Intersex International Germany (OII Germany)

OII Germany was founded in 2008 to work on ending non-consensual, medically unnecessary and cosmetic interventions forced on intersex children and adults, and to ensure human rights for intersex persons, such as bodily integrity and self-determination.

OII Deutschland was founded in 2008 and is now starting to build a more sustainable structure with its first parttime hirings. They were strongly involved in advocating for the new German government draft legal ban of intersex surgeries, even though the result is underwhelming, due to the influence of patient/parentsoriented groups and medical gatekeepers. Beyond this advocacy work, they also engage in awarenessraising through trainings, such as workshops for teachers on intersex pupils, or workshops for pedagogues and professionals. They also participated in a conference from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth to inform representatives of German welfare organisations about intersex human rights, as well as a work with the Robert Koch Institut to publish an article on the health of LGBTI people. They are also working with the Institute of Foreign Affairs.

Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe)

OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the further adoption of Human Rights for intersex people all over Europe.

OII Europe was founded in 2012, during the Second International Intersex Forum in Stockholm, to ensure the further adoption of Human Rights for intersex people all over Europe. They are building a sustainable organization with an increase in staff hours, which allowed them to organize the 3rd European Intersex Community Event & Conference in September 2019 in Zagreb, with 68 participants -the largest human rights based gathering of intersex people globally to this date. The event was also an opportunity for a 2-day study visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia, where OII Europe Steering Board Members and Staff met with law and policy makers, students and NGOs and gave TV interviews. This visit was a big step towards increasing the visibility of intersex issues in the Balkan region. In 2019 they also published an illustrated testimonial book #MyIntersexStory –Personal accounts by intersex people living in Europe. In 2020 they started a project on Intersex Refugees and Asylum Seekers. They are using social media and infographics to communicate on surveys and findings, and they continue their work of translating their brochures into many European languages. During covid-19 they organize a number of online community events to help keeping up the morale of the European intersex community -such as weekly virtual campfire, where with talks, games, and movies; or daily check-ins on the main community chat and other forms of outreach.

Check out our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video, featuring OII Europe Co-Chair Miriam van der Have:

Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia)

Intersex Human Rights Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations.

Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia) was formed in 2009. They are deeply committed to regional and international intersex networks. Their advocacy work includes a shadow report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a formal submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls in sport, and a side event “Intersex rights at the Human Rights Council”, for the 44th session of the Human Rights Council that was receiving and discussing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on the “Intersection of race and gender discrimination in sport”. IHRA also presented a formal submission to the New South Wales Parliament’s Joint Select Committee inquiry into the AntiDiscrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 about intersex and religion.

They engage with medical students and students of a range of other health disciplines, clinical institutions and associations, with training, screenings and debates.

One example of their community work is Family day, which was for intersex people and our families, including parents of children with intersex variations. During the covid19 lockdown, they organized online meetings each Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime.

OII Francophonie

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived.

OII Francophonie’s history goes back to 2003, when it was founded as the ‘original OII,’ based in Quebec and Paris, from where the French name Organisation Intersex International derived. OII Francophonie’s mission is to work towards the right to self-determination and the depathologization of intersex people, opposing the medicalized treatments that intersex children are subjected to. They also work to give voice to French-speaking intersex people and to raise awareness about intersex people’s experiences by organizing meetings and publications that include contributions from intersex scholars, activists and artists. Describing themselves as a feminist collective who does intersectional work, OII Francophonie supports intersex people throughout the French-speaking world through a ‘network of care’ that aims to work with respectful doctors. The organization is made up of volunteer members based in France, Canada, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, who are connected with other international intersex activists and organizations. OII-Francophonie hosted a summer school in Paris in 2006, with representatives from Canada, France, Belgium and the UK. They have been working with the Douarnenez Film Festival (France) since 2012 (film festival about minorities), and in June 2015, the Film Festival’s focus was on intersex visibility and included an international ‘residence’ for intersex activists. They are now working to strengthen the network and to develop organizational resources for French-speaking intersex organizations.

Intersex Day Project

The Intersex Day Project promotes human rights actions for Intersex Awareness Day (26 October) and Intersex Day of Solidarity (8 November), and also documents and shares the histories of the intersex movement.

The Intersex Day Project promotes human rights actions for Intersex Awareness Day (26 October) and Intersex Day of Solidarity (8 November), and also documents and shares the histories of the intersex movement. The Intersex Day Project is bilingual, and it was established in 2015 by Morgan Carpenter (Australia), with support from Laura Inter (Mexico). The project gratefully acknowledge the important contribution of Betsy Driver and Emi Koyama (US) in founding Intersex Awareness Day in 2004, and honours the vital contribution of Morgan Holmes, Max Beck and friends, who took part in the event, in Boston in 1996, that is marked by Intersex Awareness Day.

Genres Pluriels Asbl

Genres Pluriels was founded in 2007 to increase the visibility of trans*, intersex and gender fluid individuals and promote the rights of physical integrity and self-determination.

Genres Pluriels was founded in 2007 to increase the visibility of trans*, intersex and gender fluid individuals and promote the rights of physical integrity and self-determination. The organization raises awareness through media engagement, workshops and public activities, and through high schools and universities. Its interventions at the European Parliament/Council of Europe and in Belgian ministries aim to promote respect for the human rights of trans and intersex people. Genres Pluriels also provides psychological support to intersex people individually and through support groups. Genres Pluriels is increasing its focus on intersex issues by providing information in Belgium’s three official languages on its website, creating brochures to distribute to maternity wards in hospitals, holding public events on intersex issues, and producing a short film about the lived realities of intersex people.