October 26 marks the anniversary of the first public protest by intersex activists in 1996, denouncing involuntary genital surgeries on intersex infants.
Despite being dismissed by doctors at the time, intersex advocates have continued the fight for bodily autonomy and human rights. From protests against unethical medical practices to solidarity from LGBTQ+ groups and pledges from government officials, the intersex movement has made strides but still faces hurdles.
On Intersex Awareness Day, we stand in solidarity with intersex people worldwide as they carry on the activism sparked in 1996, raising awareness and demanding an end to nonconsensual medical interventions.
There is still work to be done, but the tides are slowly changing.
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