Protecting Intersex, Genderqueer, and other non-binary persons' right to self identify
Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition
Sara Kelly Keenan is intersex, and like many people born intersex was unaware of this for most of her adult life because her parents and doctors agreed to keep it secret. Sara discovered she was intersex in 2008. She embraces her non-binary and intersex identity and wants to pave the way for other non-binary people to obtain a legally recognized gender marker. In September 2016 Sara became the first California resident and the second person in the U.S. to legally change their gender to non-binary. In December 2016 New York City issued her the first birth certificate in the U.S. to read "intersex." An avid hiker and mountain climber, Sara is also IGRP's Education Coordinator.
Intersex educator, advocate, and researcher Galen Sanderlin has been dedicated to promoting human rights of intersex individuals. They work in the healthcare field and have been deeply involved in expanding care for all LGBTI patients at UC Davis Medical Center. Galen is the Executive Director of Beyond XXY, Inc. a non-profit whose mission is supporting intersex XXYs the education and outreach..
David Cameron Strachan served as a board member for the Intersex Society of North America, isna.org and was an advisor for Advocates for informed Choice, aiclegal.org. As a person with XXY sex chromosomes, David was hormonally masculinized by testosterone therapy without his “informed” consent. He has written about his experience in Dr. Alice Dreger’s book Intersex in the Age of Ethics and 21st Century Sexualities - Contemporary issues in Health, Education, and Rights, Edited by Gilbert Herdt and Cymene Howe. David was appointed to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee and was a member of their Intersex Task Force. In 2008, he received a KQED/Kaiser Permanente "Local Hero "award for his Intersex Community Volunteer Activism. David lives in San Francisco with his husband, Peter, whom he met in 1978 at a bisexual potluck.
Peter Trinkl is an intersex activist who has been active in running the intersex peer support organization Bodies Like Ours. Peter was born with ambiguous genitals and underwent non-consensual infant genital surgery. Peter is against the medical normalization of intersex bodies on a non-consensual basis, and advocates for the self-determination of intersex children. Peter was actively involved with the Intersex Task Force of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (SF HRC). He spoke at SF HRC’s 2004 public intersex hearing, and worked on the SF HRC report investigating the medical normalization of intersex bodies. Peter has also served on the Board of Advocates for Informed Choice, an organization actively promoting the legal rights of intersex children.
Phil Crawford is the proud father of a gender neutral college student. He has worked as an escort at a women’s health center, a social worker in Fresno County, a community mediator and now sits on the Boards of the San Francisco chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) and the Bay Area Humanists. He graduated from SFSU with a degree in Psychology.
Tom/Ms.G Odegard, an intersex person and poet who identifies as both a man (Tom) and a woman (Ms.G), says "We were born in 1940 in Amherst MA but moved to the Bay Area in 1948. We had a somewhat challenged childhood due to chronic illness and parental expectations. Graduated UC Davis with a BA English and a teaching major in English and Drama and toured the US and Europe. Survived the modern world as a house painter, contractor, handyman, massage therapist, circuit board shop owner, and real estate investor. Married our wife of 31 years in 1983. Retired in 1988 to live on San Juan Island, living a third of the time in Oakland. We joined the volunteer Fire Department, retired as a Captain, and are currently a member of the Fire Engineers. We were karyotyped as XXY in 2005 during our annual Firefighter’s physical and have been promoting the public face of Intersex ever since."
Toby Adams practices law in Northern California with a focus on helping non-profit organizations, alternative families, and people with disabilities. Toby received her M.B.A from San Jose State University and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law. Toby has been a leader in LGBTQI rights for over a decade, serving in various intern and volunteer capacities with Equality California, Marriage Equality USA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, Transgender Law Center, and South Bay Bisexual Organizers and Activists. Toby identifies as a bisexual, bipolar, cisgender woman, wife, and mother. The most important things in her life are her wife, Jean (who happens to be genderqueer), and their very special daughter, Kalen.