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Has Medicine Failed the Intersex Community (and can books save it)?
For decades, intersex people - those born with sex characteristics that fall outside the typical spectrum of male or female - have been rendered nearly invisible by shame and stigma. Please join board members from interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth as they discuss their efforts to bring intersex into the light and stop unnecessary surgeries on intersex children.
This will be a community panel hosted by the experts and authors listed below!
I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. After getting her MD, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, None of the Above (Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins), which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and optioned for a TV series by A+E Studios. She is proud to be a board member of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books™. Find her online at www.iwgregorio.com, and on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram at @iwgregorio.
Georgiann Davis, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching is at the intersection of sociology of diagnosis and feminist theories. Among other scholarly contributions that appeared in outlets ranging from Ms. Magazine to the American Journal of Bioethics, she is the author of Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis. She is also the board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017- present) and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group (2014-2015). Read more about her scholar activism at www.georgianndavis.com
Eric Lohman, PhD, has a doctorate in Media Studies and is lecturer and researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focusing on gender, race, and class in the mass media. He sits on the board of directors for InterACT, a non-profit that advocates for the rights of intersex children. Stephani Lohman, BS, BScN. is a nurse, and has degrees in chemistry, biology, and nursing. She's worked in health care and sciences for 10 years. Together, Stephani and Eric have published a memoir entitled Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child, and have appeared in the documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. They are the parents of four children, including a six-year-old intersex daughter named Rosie.