Why we do not use “Disorder of Sex Development”

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OII delivered one of the first organised English-language responses to the introduction of this terminology (acknowledging also the objections of Milton Diamond at the time, as well as David, Peter and Esther who proofread the Parent’s Handbook, and those of activists from non-English speaking countries at the time, whose work we were not all aware…
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Declaration of Fundamental Principles

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This is the last OII position on the use of terms like ‘disorder’ to describe intersex that was adopted by OII-UK, and remains OII-UK’s position until such time as OII-UK members elect to change this.  1) Intersex is not a medical condition: intersex refers to those individuals born of intermediate sex – between what is…
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Mutilations or non-consensual normalization treatments?

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In April 2008, Curtis explained why we did not use the term ‘mutilation’ in OII’s official position on health care; this was still in place upon closure of original website (April 2012). Curtis E. Hinkle, 2008.   We have been asked why OII’s Official Position on Health Care does not mention mutilations.  There are many reasons for…
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Intergender and Intersex.

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This piece was written by Curtis for OII’s original website, between 2004 and 2007. Why is the intergender community is so important to the intersex community? by Curtis E. Hinkle   Often those of us who are intersex who also affirm our intergender identity are marginalized not only by society at large but by the intersex…
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On Diagnosis, who is and is not Intersex

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Intersex is a human condition, or phenomenon, or state one is born into. Traditionally it has been diagnosed by medical practitioners. We in OII-UK have tended to reject the idea that the medical profession can define us as intersex people (or not), while acknowledging that they do diagnose the medical conditions, syndromes, etc. that can…
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Mission Statement

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Our Mission Campaign in favour of human rights for the intersexed. Encourage an exchange of ideas and different perspectives about intersex from various groups and geographical regions. Provide information concerning actual life experiences of people with intersex conditions to medical personnel working with infants with atypical genitalia, to psychological experts, sexologists, sociologists and specialists in…
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