Protecting Intersex, Genderqueer, and other non-binary persons' right to self identify
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Intersex Media Coverage:
There will be an ABC Nightline special in January 2015 on the MC case against South Carolina for medically unnecessary surgery on a child with an intersex condition and Saifa Wahl (AIC board President) interview of him confronting his surgeon.
Also, the MTV show Faking It has a character come out as intersex in season two!
Huffington Post article on Non-Binary:
AB 496, which passed the Senate and Assembly on August 7th and 21st respectively, was signed by Governor Brown on September 26. This bill amends section 2190.1. of the Business and Professions Code regarding continuing competence of licensed physicians and surgeons, including the following addition: "Cultural competency" requires "Understanding and applying cultural and ethnic data to the process of clinical care, including, as appropriate, information pertinent to the appropriate treatment of, and provision of care to, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities." BPC 2190.1(c)(1)(D)
This may be the first California legislation that deals with Non-binary community!
A growing number of countries allow people to identify as other than male and female on official documents, including Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, and Denmark. At this time, those applicants with a passport listing a gender other than “Male” or “Female” must select one of those two genders when applying for a U.S. visa. A spokesperson for the State Department said this was a “technical issue.”
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Psychology Today addresses Genderqueer as a subgroup of Transgender:
"As an umbrella term, the word transgender refers to those whose sense of their gender differs from what is expected based on the sex characteristics with which they are born. The transgender stereotype, at least in mainstream culture, is a person who identifies as the “other” gender and switches from a masculine appearance to a feminine one, or vice versa. ... Overlooked by much of the media are those who feel that they are not exclusively men or women—people ... who would like their own box to check."
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