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.


Elizabeth Reis, PhD, is a professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on Medical Ethics, Reproductive Technologies, Transgender Issues, and The Politics of Women’s Health. Before that she was Professor and Department Head of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She graduated from Smith College and received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Reis is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex; Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England; and the editor of American Sexual Histories. She has published essays in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics Forum, Journal of American History, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, the New York Times, and TIME Magazine. Reis is a member of the Ethics Committee at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and an editor of nursingclio.org, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, history, and medicine. She is also a board member of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth as well as Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety.
Professor Emeritus Julia Greenberg is an internationally recognized expert on the legal issues relating to gender, sex, sexual identity and sexual orientation. Her path-breaking work on gender identity has been cited by a number of state and federal courts, as well as courts in other countries. Her work has been quoted in hundreds of books and articles and she has been invited to speak at dozens of national and international conferences on the subject.  
Event date: 
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
None of the Above Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062335326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 4th, 2017

Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9781785927676
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - July 19th, 2018

Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (Biopolitics #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479887040
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Published: New York University Press - September 11th, 2015

Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814731895
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Published: New York University Press - January 2012

Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421405834
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - January 15th, 2012