GLMA Statement on Intersex Awareness Day


In recognition of Intersex Awareness Day, GLMA President Gal Mayer, MD, MS, and GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the following statement:

“On Intersex Awareness Day this year, GLMA applauds the American Medical Student Association, Physicians for Human Rights, and other health professional associations who have recognized the health needs and concerns of intersex individuals and called for a moratorium on medically unnecessary surgical procedures on intersex children before they are able to provide consent. GLMA is proud of our role as the first U.S.-based health professional association to take this position for children with differences of sex development.

GLMA calls on all health professional associations to take similar steps to address the health of intersex children and adults and pledges to work with any association seeking assistance in these efforts.

“Finally, GLMA commends interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth and all advocates for the health of the intersex community, for their hard work and dedication in raising intersex visibility and advocating for laws and policies that protect the intersex community.”

To read AMSA's full statement released on this day, condemning medically unnecessary procedures on intersex children, please click here.

To read Physicians for Human Rights' statement calling for an end to medically unnecessary procedures on children without consent, click here.

To read the US Department of State's statement in recognition of Intersex Awareness Day, please click here.

To read GLMA’s full position statement released last year in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Intersex Awareness Day, please click here.

 

 

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