Intersex Writer and Activist

New Advocate Essay: Bullying Intersex Women Athletes with High T

Well, they changed my original title – “Bullying By Any Other Name: What’s Really Behind Regulations for Women with High Testosterone” – to, “Stop Freaking Out About Female Intersex Athletes”, but otherwise I’m thrilled to have this essay run in the Advocate!

(Read here: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2014/09/18/op-ed-stop-freaking-out-about-female-intersex-athletes).

 

It elaborates on the issue in all the ways I didn’t have time to during my Aljazeera interview two weeks ago, particularly how examining intersex women’s actual performance records, as well as how sporting policies work, reveals that it’s prejudice, not “fairness”, truly informing and enabling the current regulations.

I’m also thrilled they included a link to the petition to Let Dutee Run, started by fantastic allies Dr. Katrina Karkazis, Dr. Payoshni Mitra and Bruce Kidd. Indian athlete Dutee Chand, the latest victim of these discriminatory regulations, has refused to alter her body in order to compete, and needs our support fighting the ruling against her. Please sign and share: https://www.change.org/p/let-dutee-run-don-t-ban-women-athletes-for-high-natural-testosterone

Enjoy!

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Interesting fact: At approx. 1.7% of the population, Intersex people are as common as red-heads. “Everyone’s met an intersex person, you just may not know you have.”

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