On the occasion of the 16th Intersex Awareness Day ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association wants to support the intersex movement in raising awareness on sufferings and injustices suffered by intersex people who are still today subjected to mutilations and normalising practices such as unwanted and not necessary genital cosmetic surgeries when babies, and treated as people with psychological diseases.
It is extremely important to raise awareness on the fact that the intersex people are not medically disordered or deformed and that genital cosmetic surgeries done on intersex babies for the sole purpose of aesthetically standardizing children and forcibly assigning them a sex on the basis of a legal and cultural binary sex model, are barbaric practices that can affect their mental health, as well as their self esteem and physical acceptance.
“The genital cosmetic surgeries are a violation of intersex people rights that do not only affect their lives and dignity but also limit us all to know and enjoy the full diversity of human beings”, said Gloria Careaga, Co-Secretary General of ILGA.
ILGA calls to an end of those surgeries in accordance with the 18th Yogyakarta Principle on Protection from medical abuses that asks states to “take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that no child’s body is irreversibly altered by medical procedures in an attempt to impose a gender identity without the full, free and informed consent of the child”.
Today ILGA wants to stand together with intersex people around the world against their discrimination, stigmatization, pathologisation and for recognition of their fundamental right to autonomously decide over their own bodies.
Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini
Co-Secretaries General of ILGA
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