Intersex Advocacy Presentation

An image of the intersex flag.  It is entirely yellow with a purple circle in the middle.

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Location: Kansas City Center for Inclusion
Address: 3911 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Intersex traits are defined by a range of sex characteristics (including hormones, body parts and genetics) that do not align with the binary definitions of “male” or “female”. Individuals with these traits often face significant barriers in health care and the community at large, facing high rates of discrimination and risk of medical harm. As organizations seek to ensure they are intersex-inclusive and collaborate with the intersex community and intersex-centered organizations, it is important to have a foundational understanding of intersex terminology, the barriers faced by the community, and how to effectively advocate alongside the intersex community and create intersex-affirming spaces.

In this workshop, our two speakers, a clinician-ally* with expertise in intersex care and an advocate of intersex experience, offer participants foundational knowledge of intersex terminology and associated conditions, disparities facing the community, and strategies to advocate for and support the intersex community. Tools are also provided for participants to engage in ongoing learning beyond the workshop.

Frances Grimstad MD, MS is a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist. She recently completed her fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital and will be joining the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Group for InterACT, Advocates for Intersex Youth.

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