© 2019 Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project  is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

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OUR VISION

Envisioning a world that recognizes that sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation have endless variations, with all possibilities valued and respected.

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP) is the first, and leading, organization in the United States to address the rights of people to identify as non-binary on government issued documents. IGRP is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

OUR MISSION

IGRP’s mission is to create legal recognition of people whose sex and/or gender identity are non-binary by engaging in direct legal services, impact litigation, legislation, collaboration, and education.

CONTACT US

For Legal, Media, or other questions, email:

Info@IntersexRecognition.org

To reach a team member, use contact info below

Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project

40087 Mission Blvd., #275

Fremont, CA 94539

(510) 585-3052

 

OUR STAFF AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Addison Rose Vincent - Executive Director

Addison is a transfeminine genderqueer person and LGBTQIA+ advocate in Los Angeles, CA. Advisory Committee Member and previously IGRP's social media coordinator, designing our logo and producing a series of PSAs in support of SB179, Addison is a graduate of Chapman University with a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies. During their university career, Addie traveled the world on Semester at Sea and studied at the prestigious University of Oxford in England, gaining unique perspectives from around the globe. They have interned for non-profit organizations such as Grandma’s House of Hope, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and served as a Lead Advocate for Pride United, a program in San Fernando Valley dedicated to LGBTQIA+ survivors of violence. 

Violette le'Cher Boys - Director of Intersex Programs

Violette le'Cher (they/them/their) is an Intersex person whose gender is Non-Binary. Violette served as IGRP's West Coast Regional Leader prior to taking on this Director role and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee. They have dedicated themself to reaching out to other Intersex, genderqueer, non-binary, and transgender people around the globe as an educator, advocate, writer, and editor. They were the first “out” Intersex person to get a Non-Binary Driver’s License in the U.S. They are a homemaker, writer, musician, sculptor, a lifelong photographer, and a fine woodworker. They live with their beautiful wife Charity and rescue doggies in Salem, Oregon.

Toby Phoebe E. Adams, Esq. - Legal & Policy Director

Toby Adams is an attorney who has spent her career helping LGBTQIA people, alternative families, and people with disabilities. Toby co-founded IGRP and served as it's Executive Director from 2012-2019. Winner of BALIF's 2018 Legal Service Award for her work with IGRP, Toby received her M.B.A from San Jose State University and her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law. Toby has served in various capacities with InterACT, Equality California, Marriage Equality USA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Legal Aid at Work, and Transgender Law Center. Toby identifies as a bisexual, bipolar, cisgender woman. She lives with her spouse, Dylan, and their daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dylan Adams - Development Director

Dylan Adams is a transmasculine, genderqueer activist living with their wife, daughter, dog and cats in the SF Bay Area, CA. They have been a technical writer, a field organizer, a volunteer coordinator, a membership director, and a PC/network technician. Dylan holds a BA in English Lit from San Jose State University (1996), completed a course of study to prepare them to sit for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification exam, and works at Amazon Web Services. They enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and watching movies.

Nazanin Szanto - Speaker & Education Team Member

Naz is an advocate for deconstructing race and gender, who is a speaker for IGRP at educational and development events. They graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor's Degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis. Naz describes themself as an antagonistic Libra with a nasty Scorpion stinger, a Trans non-binary mixed race POC.

 

Ari Yovel - Speaker & Education Team Member

Ari (they/them) is a passionate speaker who has given presentations on nonbinary rights at educational events for IGRP at both corporations and community groups. In their story, they tell about finding their true name after sharing with some close friends about their nonbinary gender identity, and feeling more confident now that they are living as their authentic self. 

 

Rain Chamberlain - Development & Education Team Member

Rain Chamberlain is a non-binary person who is both autistic and disabled. They currently focus on grantwriting, educational material writing, and awareness raising for the non-binary, homeless, and disabled communities that they have been a part of. During downtime, Rain can be found embroidering, crafting, and writing, spending time with friends and chosen family, and researching their special interests.

Thia Scott Traeger - Development Team Member

Thia Scott Traeger is a queer trans non-binary nomad currently based on the beautiful island of Oahu. As the child of a U.S. Air Force officer and now the spouse of a U.S. Army officer, they have lived all over the world and can never be sure where they might end up next. They hold a BA in English and multimedia journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from the University of Washington. Thia enjoys gardening, k-pop, and confounding the military community's cisnormative and heteronormative expectations at every turn. When they’re not advocating for open trans military service and trans-inclusive healthcare for queer military dependents, they're probably rearranging their bookshelves, listening to podcasts, or lovingly photographing their plants and sweet tortoiseshell cat, Aki.

Aithan Peterson - Executive Administrator

Aithan Peterson (they/them) is an irreplaceable member of the IGRP team who keeps the organization on track with meeting scheduling and organizing. Aithan is also a parent, the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, and the first person in the County of Los Angeles (of whom we are aware) to be legally recognized by the Superior Court of California as nonbinary.

Melissa Shuen-Mallory - Social Media Coordinator

Melissa Shuen-Mallory (she/her) says "I'm a queer, poly, activist femme opera singer. I am also a geek, nerd, crafter, and gamer." Melissa is also a Star Team Builder at MARY KAY, professional chorus member at Opera San Jose, and a Legal Assistant for a small LGBT family law practice. Melissa lives in the East Bay in California and she and her spouse have a house full of furry kids (aka cats and dogs).

Reid Michael - Communications Team

Reid Michael (they/them) is a queer trans non-binary west coast transplant from Massachusetts who serves IGRP as an alternate Social Media coordinator. They have been living in the Bay Area for the last three years with no intention of leaving! Reid holds a B.S. of Political Science from Salem State University, a Certificate of Deaf Studies from Holyoke Community College, and a Certificate of Interpreting from Ohlone Community College. They serve as an Alternate Member on the board of the Northern California chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NorCRID) while also volunteering their time with the Queer Sex Ed podcast doing transcripts. When they are not working as an interpreter, Reid enjoys crafting and costuming, dancing, meditating, learning a little bit about a lot of things, being in nature, music, and cooking.

Dee Shull - Communications Team Member

Dee Shull is genderfluid, and came out in 2011 when they realized their sense of gender did not match the identity they had been assigned at birth. They received both a B.A. and an M.A. in Communication from California State University, East Bay, and did their thesis work on how non-binary individuals communicate their identity on the Internet in spaces they control. They advocated for non-binary rights both as a student and as faculty (teaching public speaking) at CSU East Bay and have volunteered for Gender Spectrum CSU East Bay Queer conferences. Dee is passionate about educating people about non-binary identities, and has spoken to college students on many occasions about their identity and experiences. Dee currently lives in the SF Bay area.

John Sullivan - Web Consultant

John is an independent, genderqueer software engineer who has provided advice and hands-on help to IGRP regarding their web presence. John works as a software engineer at Khan Academy and spends their free time juggling, practicing magic tricks, swinging around on silks, and DMing D&D. Find more info on them at johncs.com.

Ian Brown - Events Planner

Ian (she/her or they/them pronouns) is an LGBT community event organizer focused on bringing gender expression, sex-positivity and consent culture into the mainstream. She has helped create over one-hundred events supporting the local LGBT community and run Empower Prep, a company dedicated to supporting trans people in the workplace through company education.

Miriam Bennett - Volunteer

Miriam Bennett works in Human Services and public health access. They have served in various roles including as IGRP's Volunteer Coordinator and are honored to work with the people volunteering to IGRP and recognize that volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful social movement or organization.  Miriam has a career connecting people living with mental illness, chronic health diagnosis, and people experiencing homelessness. They currently serve older adults, adults living with disabilities, and their loved ones. They got their MSW in Macro Social work in 2016. They have been involved in LGBTQIA2-S advocacy their entire professional life and are a passionate member of the community. Miriam identifies as agender and pansexual and is intersex. They live in Maryland between Baltimore City and Annapolis with their pit-bull and jungle of houseplants. 

Christine Awambu - Intern

Christine Awambu is a passionate ally to the LGBTQ community. She is currently attending Ohlone Community College and hoping to transfer to UCSC to study Community and Feminist Studies and then obtain her Masters in Public Health. In the future, she wants to open up her own Non-profit organization for women's health. She also has a passion for fitness and wellness. You can catch her working out in the gym and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her hobbies include working out, watching Netflix/Hulu, or hanging with friends/family.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE & REGIONAL LEADERS

​C.P. Hoffman, Esq. - Advisory Committee Member, MidAtlantic Region Leader

C.P. Hoffman (They/Them) is a non-binary lawyer, writer, and activist dedicated to expanding the rights of queer individuals and shifting cultural discourses towards inclusion. C.P. is a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at FreeState Justice in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law, they worked in private practice in New York City, with a focus on antitrust and commercial litigation, before pursuing graduate studies in comparative legal history at the McGill University Institute of Comparative Law. C.P. has also published broadly on a variety of subjects, including law and social justice, gender, and popular culture, as well as intersections of the three. In 2019, C.P. testified on behalf of IGRP to the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates regarding a bill to introduce X gender markers on Maryland’s driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards and to allow self-attestation of gender identity; the bill passed both houses with a veto-proof majority and will be in effect as of October 1, 2019.

Shain Neumyer, Esq. - Advisory Committee Member, New England & New York Region Leader

Shain is an attorney, an activist, and a member of the nonbinary and disability communities working toward intersectional social justice and liberation. Licensed in New York and Massachusettes, Shain has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights New York, an editor for Autism Women's Network, and currently runs a private practice focused on advocating for youth and people with disabilities in Springfield, Massachusettes.

Ariel Gaines - Advisory Committee Member, Great Lakes Region Leader

Ariel K Gaines, PsyD (they/them) is a gender nonbinary psychotherapist living in Chicago, IL. They have researched and presented on the mental health costs of marginalization, the psychology of prejudice, bias in psychological research on queer populations, and intersectional approaches to psychotherapy. They work at LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center, a group practice that centers the mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals. They just took up tap dancing and live with their trans masculine spouse and charming cat.

Peter Trinkl - Advisory Committee Member at large

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.

Tom/Ms. G Odegard - Advisory Committee Member at large

Tom/Ms.G Odegard is an intersex person and poet who identifies as both a man (Tom) and a woman (Ms.G). They were born in 1940 in Amherst MA but moved to the Bay Area in 1948. 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 their wife in 1983. Retired in 1988 to live on San Juan Island, WA, living a third of the time in Oakland. Joined the volunteer Fire Department, retired as a Captain, and are currently a member of the Fire Engineers. Karyotyped as XXY in 2005 and have been promoting the public face of Intersex ever since.

Steph Nagoski - Advisory Committee Member at Large

Steph Nagoski (They/Them or She/Her) is a queer Nonbinary Femme trans person who recently moved back to Delaware after 2 decades on the west coast.  A Data Scientist by trade, their happiest place is in a kitchen making beautiful food for their amazing community. In addition to being IGRP's MidAtlantic leader and Faerie Princess, Steph is also a volunteer with Trans Lifeline including using their data expertise on the 2017 Trans Mental Health survey. Steph has done work for Tech Soup in hackathons and presented at the Nonprofit Tech Conference and the Youth Tech Health conference.

EMERITUS

These folks are valued founders of IGRP who have retired from the committee,

as well as retired volunteers who have put countless hours into making IGRP successful.

David Strachan - Emeritus Advisory Committee Member, Co-Founder

David Cameron Strachan served as a board member for the Intersex Society of North America and was an advisor for Advocates For Informed Choice (now InterACT). As a person with XXY sex chromosomes, David was hormonally masculinized by testosterone (T) 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.

Phil Crawford - Emeritus Advisory Committee Member

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.

Galen Sanderlin - Emeritus Advisory Committee Member

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.

Avery Grey - Emeritus Advisory Committee Member

Avery Grey is an intersex genderqueer-trans person of color and an intersectional human rights activist. They have worked with Metro-Detroit Political Action Network serving as their LGBTQIA+ co-chair, intersex representation and alongside Intersex Chicago as a contributing member to activist efforts within the Chicagoland area. Avery Grey was the first patient to be recognized as intersex by the University of Michigan Medical Records Department. They are a published content contributor in Sex and Gender: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues), a freelance journalist, blogger, and a social political organizer, and became the first intersex public figure to speak at Chicago City House Council.

Rebecca Adams - Emeritus Executive Administrator

Rebecca "Bexy" Adams (no relation to Toby or Jean) loved living in San Francisco but had to move to Seattle for work. Rebecca thrives with all the empowerment of self-expression and freedom in the Bay Area and in Seattle. Concerned that our freedoms will be challenged by our opposition, Rebecca is inspired to contribute to an organization that is helping people express who they are - legally and otherwise. Rebecca identifies as a genderqueer fierce femme. They feel safe and honored in their own skin, and strives to help everyone achieve that as well.

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IGRP Law Clerk positions - Spring, Summer, and Fall

Locations:

  • SF Bay Area, California - Law Clerk

  • Remote (any U.S. location) - Law Clerk

Working as a Law Clerk for IGRP provides law students and recent graduates awaiting bar results with the opportunity to gain experience and education in this exciting new area of law. You will be providing direct legal assistance, helping with impact litigation, conducting legal research and writing, and educating the transgender and LGBT communities about intersex and nonbinary rights. Prior experience or education in LGBT Law or Queer Studies is preferred, but not required. Nonbinary, Intersex, Transgender, Queer, Bisexual, People of Color, and People with Disabilities strongly encourage to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. All positions are telecommute. Clerks will receive regular training and supervision by IGRP attorneys.

To apply, please email the following in pdf form to Toby@IntersexRecognition.org:

  • Cover letter (include your location and specific opportunity you are interested in)

  • Resume

  • Law School Transcript

  • Legal writing sample (10 pages or less)

IGRP Internships - Spring, Summer, and Fall

Locations:

  • SF Bay Area, California - Paralegal / Legal Assistant

  • Remote (any U.S. location) - Job based on interest and experience

Working as an Intern for IGRP provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to help the nonbinary community and learn from attorneys and advocates with years of experience in LGBTQIA+ rights. We are seeking students of communication, paralegal studies, pre-law, sociology, queer studies, women's studies, or other fields relevant to the work we do. Prior experience is not required. Nonbinary, Intersex, Transgender, Queer, Bisexual, People of Color, and People with Disabilities strongly encourage to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email the following in pdf form to Volunteer@IntersexRecognition.org:

  • Cover letter (include your location and specific opportunity you are interested in)

  • Resume

  • College Transcript