API would like to see terms like intersex, sex characteristics and bodily integrity becoming more visible in political discourse, including legislation and policies. They have a focus on Afro-Portuguese communities and aim to ensure access to stakeholders, and address racism in policies; API would like to see increased media representation of black, trans and intersex people. AÇÃO PELA IDENTIDADE – API (Action for Identity) was formed in 2011 and officially registered in 2015 as an organization for the defense and study of intersectionality, bodily diversity and sex characteristics as well as gender diversity. It’s leader is a black intersex artivist Santiago D’Almeida Ferreira who became the first intersex person out in Portugal, after their coming out in the Portuguese Parliament back in May, 2015. Since then API, with the help of the other founder and trans activist Júlia Mendes Pereira, have been advocating for the Human Rights of intersex persons, and gender self-determination, achieving already the Portuguese Government’s commitment by several meetings and official workshops and a public announcement that a new legislation securing the prohibition of surgeries on intersex babies will be presented in 2017. Their goal is to broaden up the human rights recognitions, policies and protections regarding bodily integrity, gender diversity, and intersecting discriminations in Portugal.
They have a focus on Afro-Portuguese communities and aim to ensure access to stakeholders, and address racism in policies; API would like to see increased media representation of black, trans, and intersex people.