Today is Intersex Solidarity Day. The date, November 8, was chosen to mark the anniversary of the birth of Herculine Adélaîde Barbin in 1838. Herculine was a French intersex person who was assigned a female gender at birth but a later legal decision determined that he became officially male.
Organisation Intersex International would like to invite others to join us each year by commemorating November 8 as Intersex Solidarity Day. All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex human rights, are invited to show their solidarity by organizing workshops, lectures, discussions and other activities which deal with any or all of the following topics:
- The life of Herculine Barbin
- Intersex genital mutilation
- The violence of the binary sex and gender system
- The sexism implicit within the binary construct of sex and gender
- Human rights. Intersex issues are feminist issues