OII-USA initiates lawsuit for non-binary recognition


Intersex Campaign for Equality (OII-USA) initiate a lawsuit for the recognition of a non-binary intersex person

With assistance from Lambda Legal, Intersex Campaign for Equality (OII-USA) have initiated a lawsuit for the recognition of a non-binary intersex person, Dana Zzyym.

Intersex Campaign for Equality comment:

Today, Intersex Awareness Day, 2015, Lambda Legal filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on behalf of OII-USA Associate Director Dana Zzyym, for Zzyym’s right to have their gender accurately represented as neither male nor female on their passport. Zzyym, a disabled Navy veteran who uses the gender neutral pronouns they, them, and their, was born intersex, meaning their physical sex characteristics do not fit typical definitions of male or female…

“When I was a child, I had no say in what was done to me in order to make me ‘fit” in some acceptable category,” Dana said. “I continue to suffer the consequences of those decisions today. But, as an adult, I can take a stand. I am not male, I am not female, I am intersex, and I shouldn’t have to choose a gender marker for my official U.S identity document that isn’t me.”

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Photo: OII-USA press statement

Lambda Legal comment:

“The State Department in effect is demanding that Dana use incorrect information on the passport application and choose either ‘male’ or ‘female’ when, in fact, Dana is neither. They shouldn’t have to choose.”

Statement by Intersex Campaign for Equality (OII-USA)
Statement by Lambda Legal
Press release by Lambda Legal

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