News

When news items of relevance to people with Bodies Like Ours are published, links to them or summaries and citations will be reprinted here.

Please check back to this page often, and don’t forget to also check the research pages for other recent research and papers that people with bodies like ours may find interesting. You will also find more news of interest in the Recent Events area. If you have news to share or know of some we should include in this space please write us.  Also, please visit the Intersex Initiative website for more news.

For news from 2002please click here.

September, 2003

  • Betsy Driver and Bodies Like Ours was featured in a front page article in the The Hartford Courant. The article was an advance piece published the morning of our Hartford action. Read the article.

September, 2003

  • In Made in God’s Image: A Resource for Dialogue about the Church and Gender Differences Author Ann Thompson Cook communicates a gently assertive expectation that we as Christians need to get up to speed on something too rarely discussed but very important for the life of the church and its ministries. Combining valuable information, personal sharing, and resources, this booklet is a perfect starting place for any congregation, family, or individual seeking to better understand transgender issues and to provide a supportive environment for all of God’s children. Visit their website for more info.

July-August, 2003

June, 2003

May, 2003

  • NY Times, May 27, 2003 If Biology is Destiny, When Shouldn’t It Be? Dr. Barron H. Lerner recently published an article in the New York Times about intersex issues and the controversy surrounding treatment, including the lack of data regarding appropriate care and the need for continued research. While Lerner cites recent studies showing the harmful effects of surgery, such as the Minto et al. study (link here), he also quotes Dr. Kenneth Glassberg, who suggests that not performing surgery on intersex infants is “more of an experiment” than surgery itself. The article can be accessed here. Read the article at ISNA (PDF) Courtesy of ISNA.
  • Maclean’s, May 26, 2003, Gender Paradoxes (MacLean’s is a Canadian publication) contains an excellent article on intersex alongside several other articles on gender in the May 26 issue. The article features people with intersex conditions (including ISNA’s founding director Cheryl Chase) and offers a fairly accurate and balanced take on the medical debate surrounding “treatment.” Read the article online.
  • Girlfriends Magazine, May 2003Born Between Two Sexes. Girlfriends Magazine, a best-selling lesbian magazine publishes an article in their May, 2003 issue about “…the Nascent Intersex Movement” that is being led mostly by women. The article puts much of it’s focus on Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Interviewed for this article was Janet Green of Bodies Like Ours, along with Monica Casper and Thea Hillman, both of ISNA. Look for the issue with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the cover. Read the article online.

March, 2003

  • Redbook Magazine, March 2003, The Secret No Doctor Would Tell Me. Anonymous, as told to Judy Dutton. Check your local library (it’s the issue with Halle Barry on the cover)

March, 2003

  • Ellen K. Feder, 2002, “Doctor’s Orders: Parents and Intersexed Children.” Pp. 294-320 in The Subject of Care: Feminist Perspectives on Dependency, edited by Eva Feder Kittay and Ellen K. Feder. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
    • Dr. Ellen K. Feder, of American University, has written an excellent and important chapter on parents and intersexed children in a volume on care and dependency. The work is significant in that it is the first account of intersex based on interviews with parents. Dr. Feder argues that the isolation of parents and medicine’s failure to take account of their experiences is unfortunate; but more than that, parents’ isolation and confusion are built into the treatment process itself.

      Unlike other situations in which parents with disabled children are provided access to resources and support groups, the parents of children with intersex conditions are treated instrumentally, primarily as the source of informed consent to support a doctor’s decision. Parents are not given crucial information about their child’s condition and are not connected to important social and psychological resources. The end result is that while parents attempt to do the best they can for their children, their decisions are shaped within a medical context that privileges expert knowledge over full disclosure, and normalization over a child’s future sensation and qualify of life. **Abstract courtesy of Monica Casper, ISNA.
    • Read the article on-line.

03/05/2003

  • Born Between Two Sexes. The Online Sun. UK A candid article with Melissa Cull, the founder of an UK CAH organization. Read the article.

02/01/2003

  • Emi Koyama from the Intersex Initiative Portland has had a paper published in the Fall/Winter 2003 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly. Here is the synopsis from IPDX.org: This paper, published in the Fall/Winter 2002 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly, analyzes how intersex issues have been taught in Women’s Studies and other related fields (Gender Studies, Queer Studies, etc.) and proposes a new model that integrates activist and academic approahes to thinking about intersexuality. Read the entire paper by visiting the website of Intersex Initiative Portland.

01/31/2003

  • The Rocky Mountain News has an article about one of the early researchers in the area of intersex. From the headline: Living on the periphery of British imperial power in the 1800s gave Dr. James Barry more space to be his flamboyant and complicated self. As it turns out, he had his own secrets and motives. Read the article.

01/17/2003

  • Bodies Like Ours was featured in an article published in Just Out, a queer weekly in Portland, OR. Read the article.

01/16/2003

  • The Gay Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has released guidelines for the treatment of Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Intersex Patients. This document was published for the benefit of health care providers to help them treat us in a more compassionate and understanding way. It makes note of the distrust we often have with medical providers, makes note of possible post-traumatic stress disorders, and suggests ways to make the us comfortable.
    • You can download a copy of the guidelines by visiting the GLMA website.

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