Articles by Leslie J

The IAAF and the Sytematic Abuse of Female Athletes Human Rights

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In the deepening crisis embroiling the IAAF and it’s failure to uphold doping regulations is the tawdry tale of the human rights abuses meted out to female athletes who failed to conform to the artificial values the IAAF adopted to designate who it deemed female enough to compete in elite athletics. At face value the present…
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*I* is for Intersex

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An Apologia? In something of an unusual move, Alice Dreger has issued a joint statement, along with Tiger Devore attempting to distance themselves from the orthodox practices currently adhered to in intersex clinical practice.   Tiger Devore ‘s statement is a masterpiece of succinct honesty.  Tiger admits he was taken in by clinician’s promises of openness…
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Starry, Starry Night – the short life of Herculine Barbin

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Starry, Starry Night – the short life of Herculine Barbin

Herculine Barbin’s birthday – commemorated every year as Intersex Day of Remembrance Almost 150 years after Herculine’s death intersex people ourselves are reframing the language and understanding about what it means to be intersex, what it means to embody diversity that remains both known of, yet unspoken. It is intersex advocates and activists who are…
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J’Accuse

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A personal reflection written for Intersex Awareness Day and Intersex Day of Solidarity   Once upon a while ago, how long ago I will not say here, I was born into a world that refused to accept that being intersex was valid, or acceptable. Instead my existence was cloaked in suffocating silence, to be spoken…
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Beyond Boundaries – Intersex in Hong Kong and China

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Beyond Boundaries – Intersex in Hong Kong and China

Small Luk, is the founder of an intersex group in Hong Kong, and talks here about the intersex movement in Hong Kong and mainland China. A personal essay written for Intersex Awareness Day.   ‘I am Small Luk, an intersex activist from Hong Kong, and the founder of a project called BBKCI “Beyond the Boundary…
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When Max Beck and Morgan Holmes went to Boston

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When Max Beck and Morgan Holmes went to Boston

    The tumultuous events that gave it’s name to Intersex Awareness Day – commemorated every year on 26th October The narrative of how two intersex activists travelled to Boston, to protest to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in doing so helped initiate the present-day intersex advocacy/activist movement. A story told by Morgan Holmes, the…
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