Articles by Leslie J

Ghost in the Machine

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Once you label me, you negate me Søren Kierkegaard We know nothing of Joseph Marzo in life, so it is impossible to know what they would have ever thought of the declaration made after their death that they were “una donna” – a woman. They died after another episode of the vomiting and diarrhea that…
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Jersey adopts Intersex Discrimination Protections

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Jersey will become the first, and to-date only, part of the United Kingdom to offer legal discrimination protection to intersex people when it is formally adopted in September. The Discrimination (Sex and Related Characteristics) (Jersey) Regulations 2015 will be formally adopted on 1 September 2015.  It has become the first State within the UK to…
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Should Doctors Operate on Intersex Babies?

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In a word, no.   However, that wouldn’t make for a very readable Buzzfeed article, so instead we have this.   This article is gaining some traction on fb. It’s easy to see why. It has an identifiable subject who has been subjected to appalling medicalised violence in the name of orthodox protocols. Protocols that…
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Dutee Chand wins landmark case against the IAAF

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Sometimes really, really good things happen Katrina Karkazis   In a decision that will reverberate across international athletics, and the wider sporting landscape, the runner Dutee Chand has overturned the IAAF regulations governing female athletes competing in elite athletics, solely on the basis of arbitrary blood testosterone levels. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced…
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Hidden in Plain Sight

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The United States has been in the vanguard of writing and influencing intersex medical protocols since the 1950’s, and it has been so since J Money wrote his hypothesis that sought to justify non-consensual, pre-emptive surgical and other medical interventions on people born intersex.  The currently adopted protocols have only served to reify those orthodoxies. …
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This is what they do

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This is what they do

An intersex activist colleague, Dr Small Luk, was recently interviewed by Time Out in Hong Kong.  In the interview they speak with great candour and honesty about their experiences, and the effect medical interventions had on their life. http://www.timeout.com.hk/gay-lesbian/features/72091/interview-we-talk-to-intersex-individual-dr-small-luk-about-her-gender-struggles.html   “I really thought I was a monster […] It isn’t the intersex person that needs…
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