November 8: Intersex Solidarity Day

Today is Intersex Solidarity Day. The day was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Abel (nee Adélaîde [often called Alexina] Herculine) Barbin, a nineteenth century French intersex man whose too-short life’s experiences were recorded in his memoirs, published by Michel Foucault in 1980.

The Organisation Intersex International would like to invite others to join in each year by commemorating November 8 as Intersex Solidarity Day.  All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex human rights, are invited to show their solidarity by organizing workshops, lectures, discussions and other activities which deal with any or all of the following topics:

  • the life of Herculine Barbin
  • intersex normalisation treatments without consent
  • the violence of the binary sex and gender system
  • the sexism implicit within the binary construct of sex and gender

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