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The Road to Hell: Intersex People, Sexual Health & Human Rights

Intersex Day of Solidarity and Remembrance 2019

This October, GATE’s Executive Director Mauro Cabral Grinspan, gave a keynote lecture on intersex issues at the Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health. We are sharing his presentation today, November 8th, Intersex Day of Solidarity and Remembrance.

On this date, intersex people call for international solidarity and remembrance, honoring Herculine Barbin’s birthday. Back in the 19th Century, Herculine was subjected to invasive medical procedures and legal decisions; later, their story was appropriated by critical theory as a convenient object of study. Mauro’s presentation is focused on those contemporary practices that are continuing the long tradition of subjection and appropriation of intersex bodies and lives.

Today, celebrating Herculine Barbin’s birthday, we call upon the international community to join intersex-led efforts to put an end to human rights violations in medical settings and to make the right to truth, justice and reparations a reality for intersex people everywhere.