Saturday, August 26, 2006

Three intersex activists defend children against pejorative terminology

Three intersex activists who were included in the manual of the DSD guidelines have now made it clear that they do not agree with the new terminology. When they agreed to have their experiences and intersex histories included, they were not fully informed of the actual terminology nor all the implications of the publications of the Consortium for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development.

I wish to express my deep gratitude to David Cameron, Peter Trinkl and Esther Morris Leidolf for their courageous stand against this pejorative terminology. What they have done is very powerful and helps all of us in our struggle to live openly and without shame. They worked to help change the current health care of intersex children but have the courage to make their feelings known about this terminology which is consistent with their reason for agreeing to participate in the first place.

You can read the disclaimer which is now in the web version of the DSD guidelines.

Excerpt from the DSD Guidelines:

“We are grateful for the participation of David Cameron, Peter Trinkl, and Esther Morris Leidolf in this project. However, they would like to make it known that they do not support the term “Disorders of Sex Development.”

In solidarity,
Curtis E. Hinkle
Founder, OII

To read the excerpt in context:

Cancer in Our Lives: Raising Awareness in the LGBTQI Community

David Cameron, OII-USA Spokesperson for Human Rights is pleased to announce that Dr. Milton Diamond will be speaking at the GLMA Plenary panel on Cancers Affecting Lesbians, Bisexual Women, Trans Folks and Intersex Folks on Friday, October 13, 2006 at 1:00 – 2:30. This event is part of the 24th Annual Conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association to be held October 11-14, 2006.

Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel
San Francisco, CA
For more details:

On the 14th of October, Dr. Milton Diamond, Mani Bruce Mitchell, intersex activist from New Zealand, and David Cameron will be doing a workshop at the SF LGBT Community Center on "Intersex and the Threat of Cancer." They plan to show the film "XXXY", have a discussion about cancer and some Q&A during the 60 minute session.

LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 865-5555

The evening of the 14th, David and his partner Peter will be hosting an invitation only 10-year anniversary reunion & celebration of "Hermaphrodites Speak" at their home. More details to follow.

OII-USA Spokesperson for Human Rights

David Cameron attended his first ISNA support group meeting in 1995 and within the year became ISNA’s first volunteer! He served as a board member from Dec. ’02 through Dec. ’05. As a person with XXY sex chromosomes, David has written about his experience in Hermaphrodites with Attitude, Chrysalis, and Alice Dreger’s book Intersex In the Age of Ethics. As an adult, David was hormonally masculinized by testosterone therapy without his “informed” consent.

He served as an appointed member to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT Advisory Committee and was a member of their Intersex Task Force. This Task Force was the first governmental organization in the U.S. to organize a public hearing on intersex treatments that involve gender assignments. After the historic hearing in May 2004, the Task Force developed the Intersex Report, with findings and recommendations, and was adopted by the Human Rights Commission in May 2005. David is further advocating for intersex people and taking our issues to the California legislature in hopes of enacting some of the recommendations of the report.

David lives in San Francisco with his domestic partner, Peter, whom he met in 1978. David is a long-term HIV/AIDS survivor and does volunteer work with the Stop Aids Project.