Legislative recognition of intersex lives is at an all-time high across the world. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth is one of the largest intersex-led legal organization in the US. As activists continue to engage with lawmakers and others responsible for policy impacting this population, increasing awareness has led to an uptick in mention of the “i” without full understandings of how to center the lived realities of intersex people. This lack of common understandings on behalf of those in power regarding best practices to achieve meaningful change for the intersex community include whether advances in intersex rights will negatively impact reproductive health care and how to address attacks on transgender medical care while being mindful of the experience of intersex youth, who are often subjected to harmful medical interventions in infancy. Questions remain including to what extent the impacted group can and should be involved in decision-making, how to allocate resources in an equitable manner, and the impact of trauma on activism and the long term sustainability of a movement thus far underrepresented in LGBTQI legal decision-making spaces. This panel suggests a number of guiding principles to ensure good outcomes, including examples of legislation and related media, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid.
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