Magda Rakita

Magda Rakita is a Polish intersex organizer who lives in the UK. She’s been focusing on intersex activism in Poland since 2018, and has since the last proposal registered a new intersex organization in Poland: Fundacja Interakcja with a mother of an intersex child.

Magda Rakita is a Polish intersex organizer who lives in the UK. She’s been focusing on intersex activism in Poland since 2018, and has since the last proposal registered a new intersex organization in Poland: Fundacja Interakcja with a mother of an intersex child. She gave talks in different contexts such as on “intersex101 + how to support intersex people at work” for Google Poland, as well as for the University of Wrocław. The new organization did many translations of YouTube videos into Polish language. Their work is also specialized on families: they developed a chapter on intersex to be included in a brochure for a programme run by KPH for parents of LGBT+ youth, and are currently working on a booklet “How to talk to your child about intersex” for parents and guardians of children with intersex traits, as well as publishing a short story for children (about an intersex dragon) translated from Finnish.

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ)

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018. They are raising awareness on intersex reality with social media and live interviews, as well as sensitisation workshops for healthcare professionals.

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018. They are raising awareness on intersex reality with social media and live interviews, as well as sensitisation workshops for healthcare professionals. They are also working in having intersex people included in the HIV and AIDS debates, with participation in panels on the topic. They engage in advocacy with UN with a contribution about The Rights of Intersex Women and Girls in Zimbabwe, as an NGO submission for the 75th session of the PreSessional Working Group of Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. They are also involved in the UPR process in Harare, and participated in the Child Rights Coalition Conference.During covid19 they created a specific program with donations across their territories, to empower the intersex community (intersex adults and families of intersex children) with skills to make different products such as hand sanitizers, orange juice for vitamine C, soap making, and gardening activities (to promote healthy eating and to help raise funds by selling fresh vegetables). They are also involved in regional meetings and international intersex networks.

Intersex Justice Project (IJP)

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) was formed in 2017, centering voices and leadership of intersex people of color.

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) was formed in 2017, centering voices and leadership of intersex people of color. They build partnership with other intersex organizations and organizers (such as InterACT), as well as allies, such as artists, public figures, or organizers. They do awareness raising work through social media, live chats, interviews and podcasts. They opened the Queer March in New York and their core work is centered around  their #EndIntersexSurgery campaign at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, in front of which they have been organizing repeated protests. These actions were successful with Lurie apologizing for the harm done to intersex people and committing to suspend cosmetic and medically unnecessary surgeries for six months as they explore “comprehensive and informed intersex care” with intersex consultants. Following this success they have been holding press conferences and interviews, strengthening their national visibility.

Tzk’at Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminsmo Comunitario, Territorial desde Iximulew – Guatemala

Tzk’at is an indigenous feminist network set up by a Mayan lesbian bringing together women from different indigenous territories as a collective.

Tzk’at is an indigenous feminist network set up by a Mayan lesbian bringing together women from different indigenous territories as a collective. They bring the experience of ancestral healing processes and communities -they are healers, midwives, spiritual leaders, and more; having both ancestral and Western knowledge of medicine and health practices. The main objective of the Network is to to contribute an ancestral and feminist approach to the emotional, physical and spiritual recovery of indigenous women and “cuerpos plurales”/intersex. Indigenous understanding of intersex embodiment. They are currently building an intersex-led project entitled “Dialogues in Defense of Life, Territory Plural-Intersex Bodies -from Iximulew Guatemala,” which will create space for dialogues on embodiment/corporalities and intersex realities with community partners.

Trans Smart Trust

Trans Smart Trust works to promote the identification, inclusion, integration and assimilation of human rights issues affecting Intersex and transgender persons within different social groups of the larger Zimbabwean community.

Trans Smart Trust is an organization focused on intersex and transgender persons founded in 2012 and registered as a Trust on the 16th of July 2016 after a long struggle in an environment where there is limited appreciation and acknowledgement of the existence of intersex and transgender persons. Trans Smart Trust works to promote the identification, inclusion, integration and assimilation of human rights issues affecting Intersex and transgender persons within different social groups of the larger Zimbabwean community. Through Trans Smart strategic focus, the organization’s participatory methodologies have become the fulcrum for integrated inventiveness in developing intersex and transgender person’s livelihoods. The organization has continuously been working on improving the Health, Human rights, Life Skills, Capacities and participation in governance processes. Trans Smart Trust manages a portfolio of projects targeting intersex and Transgender persons who constitute intersex and transgender people living with HIV, albinism within urban and rural areas. The organization’s activities bridges the knowledge gaps through information dissemination and provides capacity building for rural and urban populaces, facilitates platforms for the community and its leadership to interrogate as well as take action in promoting human rights.

The Houston Intersex Society

The Houston Intersex Society aims to empower and enrich the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and discrimination through education, outreach, and support.

The Houston Intersex Society was formed on June 27, 2012. Both co-founders knew each other as teenagers in an LGBT youth group but because of shame, stigma, and secrecy neither one was open about their intersex status. They reconnected as adults at a local community center and upon learning that they both felt the same isolation while sitting next to each other every Friday night for years as teenagers, they decided to create an organization that very day. They created the organization with the intention to be visible to other intersex people, to advocate for those intersex individuals unable to advocate for themselves, to influence legislation to protect intersex bodies, and to educate medical providers so they can provide adequate care to intersex people.

The Houston Intersex Society aims to empower and enrich the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and discrimination through education, outreach, and support.

Srishti Madurai LGBTQIA+ Student Volunteer Collective (Srishti Madurai Educational Trust)

The mission of Srishti is to create a space for gender-/ sex minorities and to provide guidance and support for these people and their families.

Srishti Madurai is a space which explores the interrelations of nature, human and society via the conscious or unconscious sediments of the members who constitute Srishti Madurai in a parallel, interdisciplinary, multiple and universal approaches. Srishti Madurai was established on 2nd September 2011 by Gopi Shankar in Madurai as The first Intersex, Genderqueer & LGBTQA+ student volunteer group designed to target specifically to the problems of queer people in non-metro cities of Tamil Nadu. Apart from creating awareness, Srishti also started to educate both the community and the public about Gender Politics and issues regarding Sex, Gender & Sexuality. It is one of the inclusive groups of its kind which has involved academicians, Independent scholars, Human rights activist, Environmentalists, Animal rights activists and genderqueer activists to protect the human rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Srishti Madurai urged Indian parliament to include intersex people in a bill protecting trans rights. Gopi Shankar also launched an official complaint to National Human Rights Commission of India to ban the forced sex-selective surgeries on intersex infants, also to ensure their fundamental constitutional rights in India for which the NHRC issued directions to the Secretary Union Health Ministry Government of India to respond Srishti Madurai within 8 weeks. Image credit: Srishti Madurai Archives

OII Sverige

OII Sverige envisages a world where the diversity of the human body is both recognized and celebrated beyond our current system which only validates people with bodies and genders which conform to male or female.

OII Sverige was formed on the 28th of February 2018. Before that the members were part of a loosely formed network called Intersex Scandinavia. OII SVERIGE envisages a world where the diversity of the human body is both recognized and celebrated beyond our current system which only validates people with bodies and genders which conform to male or female. OII SVERIGE as an organization offers support and advocacy for people with intersex variations, that is, bodies that do not conform to the standard definitions of female and male. OII SVERIGE also offers information to families, patient support groups, and concerned health professionals through presentations by group members. OII Sverige is open to intersex people who want to advocate for intersex human rights, but of course OII SVERIGE will work for all people with intersex variations in Sweden, regardless of if they want to participate in the organizations work or not. The goal for OII SVERIGE is to create a stronger and more collaborative intersex movement in Sweden, increase visibility and the need for everyone to engage with intersex issues.

Ivy Foundation

Ivy Foundation was formed to create awareness for intersex persons and non intersex persons to create a better environment for intersex persons which caters to their needs and is more understanding of their different conditions and advocate for the rights of an intersex person both young and old.

Ivy Foundation was formed in 2016. They recently organized a workshop for journalists with 30 reporters from all three major regions in Malawi: Mzuzu, Blantyre and Lilongwe, as well as a workshop for the LGTBIQ community. The latest lead to the constitution of a monthly peersupport meeting for intersex people. They are building a sustainable organization by investing in staff and an office.

Intersex South Africa (ISSA)

Intersex South Africa (ISSA) is dedicated to raising awareness of intersex issues in South Africa while advocating and supporting all intersexed South Africans.

Intersex South Africa was created by the late intersex organizer Sally Gross, and became dormant after Sally’s death in 2014, but was revived in 2017. They continue strengthening their organization with the adoption of a strategic plan. They are involved in the regional and international intersex movement and participate in events like the African intersex meeting or the Global Feminist LBQ conference. They have a strong presence on social media and have been front and center in media coverage on Caster Semenya’s case. They also build awareness with screenings, debates, panels and discussions. On advocacy work, they are giving training to stakeholders such as the South African Human Rights Commission and calling them to conduct a national inquiry and a law reform, to review school curricula, and to ending intersex mutilation.

During covid19, the organization conducted a national survey to understand how the members of the intersex community were affected and published a report out of it.