Association of Russian speaking Intersex people (ARSI)

ARSI was developed in 2013 to provide support for intersex people and share alternative non-discriminatory information about intersex to the public.

ARSI was founded in 2013 to provide support for intersex people, educate the general public about intersex, and introduce non-discriminatory approaches for working with intersex individuals to doctors, lawyers, teachers, and parents. The group consists of 5 intersex members who live in different regions of Russia and Kazakhstan. In addition to intersex people themselves, the group includes parents of intersex children and intersex people’s allies from Russia, Germany, and Canada. ARSI provides social and psychological support, legal consultations, and community support for Russian speaking intersex people. The organization seeks to reduce social isolation, increase access to information, and build community for intersex people in the post-Soviet Union region. ARSI is dedicated to creating greater awareness regarding intersex issues through its website and by building stronger relationships with local and international human rights organizations and health professionals. ARSI seeks funding to continue to provide direct support to intersex people, translate and disseminate intersex-related materials, advocacy work, conduct research on the lived experiences of intersex people in Russia and other post-Soviet Union countries.

5 News Stories You May Have Missed

We bring you LGBTQI news stories that we’re reading & you might have otherwise missed. These five news stories from this month cover LGBTQI activist news from the U.S. and the latest news on LGBTQI issues from Indonesia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

LGBT Activists Look Beyond Marriage To A Bigger Gay Agenda

Campus Progress
October 22, 2012

Shay O’Reilly takes a look at groups working beyond marriage equality, addressing economic, social, and racial justice issues for LGBTQI communities, including our grantee partners Queers for Economic Justice, FIERCE, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Ladyboys in the Gulf
Foreign Policy
October 19, 2012

Sulome Anderson writes about transgender sex workers in the United Arab Emirates, a country whose economy hold promise for migrant sex workers and also incredible physical danger.

Macedonia gay activist brutally attacked
Gay Star News
October 22, 2012

Dan Littauer reports on the brutal attack on Alen Shakiri, the president of Macedonia’s only existing LGBT rights group LGBT United Macedonia.

Homophobia on the rise in Indonesia, survey says
The Jakarta Post
October 23, 2012

A new survey shows that intolerance of minorities is growing in Indonesia, with the highest level of hostility targeted at the gay and lesbian community.

Moscow Police Hunt Gay-Club Attackers
RIA Novosti
October 10, 2012

An LGBT nightclub in Moscow was attacked during celebrations on “coming out day.”