CALL FOR ACTION! Digging the Dirt on local & regional Intersex Genital Mutilators – exposing the ‘4th World Congress of Pedo Surgeons’, Berlin October 13-19

Foto: 8th Peaceful Protest during the last day of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’ at Gate 2, Milano 22.09.2013

>>> INTERSEX-PROTESTS + INFO: Berlin 13.-15. Oct ‘WOFAPS 2013’

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook Dear fellow campaigners, friends, and allies

Perpetrators of Intersex Genital Mutilations from more than 84 (!!!) countries all over the globe will gather in Berlin, looking to increase their business – that is the ones actually wielding the scalpels!  (See wofaps2013.com for details + programme)

‘Hypospadias repair’ and ‘DSD’ are once again part of the programme of the ‘4th World Congress’ – human rights, ethics, and persons concerned aren’t – so far, same old.

In addition to the usual Peaceful Intersex Protests in front of the mutilators’ conference  (+ the upcoming call to sign the Open Letter), we CALL FOR YOUR HELP to expose the intersex surgeons, and make it stick, by digging up and collecting some of the evidence available online e.g. on paediatric university clinics’ listed treatments and related info, in publications by members of their staff, and then cross-referencing to the WOFAPS programme and regional member association.  

–> Please find a compiled list of WOFAPS member associations. Practical tip for investigations: Wherever there is a major regional (pedo) clinic with dedicated pedo endo and pedo surgeons / urologists / gynaecologists et al. departments, a relevant collection of dirt on the 3 most common surgeries – ‘hypospadias repair’, ‘clitoral reduction’ +/-  ‘vaginoplasty’, and castration – should be hit pretty soon in the pedo surgeons’ department, as well as for other relevant surgeries / treatments. Then cross-referencing these findings to the WOFAPS association member list and conference programme should match representation/involvement at/with the conference/WOFAPS.

We ask people to publish their collected evidence online (if possible), stating the specific surgeries / treatments evidenced, plus relevant quote(s) + source(s), so we can refer to this publication in the open letter when listing current practices. However, it’s also cool to just email us your findings (your details can also be withheld on request).

Zwischengeschlecht.org will be able to cover the following WOFAPS members:
– Germany, 3 dedicated clinics, all procedures, direct links to DSD content of conference
– Argentina, dedicated clinic, global dissemination of mutilations at least since 1925 until today, represented at conference
– On John Gearhart (USA) we’ll find some dirt soon enough, direct link to hypospadias content of conference

We already did receive dirt on (Thanks!):
Dix Poppas (NYC, USA)

Time is of essence! Please consider to find some time during the next week to investigate and document some of your local/regional clinics and doctors perpetrating medically not necessary, cosmetic genital surgeries on intersex/’DSD’ children – because, until they know they’re being monitored and start feeling the pressure, they won’t stop!

Kind regards

Daniela “Nella” Truffer, Markus Bauer
Founding members human rights group Zwischengeschlecht.org

PS: As always, we’re generally inviting comments / additions / corrections also regarding the template parts of the Open Letter. We’re hoping to have a draft available and be asking for signatures within a week – watch out!

>>> INTERSEX-PROTESTS + INFO: Berlin 13.-15. Oct ‘WOFAPS 2013’

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
‘Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice’

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ 2010

Heidi Walcutt (1997): 'STOP Intersex Genital Mutilation'

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Protests + Info: ‘9th Joint Meeting of Intersex Genital Mutilators 2013’ – Milano, Sept 18-22

INFO NIGHT: Wed 18.09.2013, 19:00 h @ ZAM  Via Santacroce 19  
“Intersex Genital Mutilations – Past and Present”
  |  facebook [ WARNING!!! ]

8 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS: Thu 19th – Sun 22th
“STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!”

Thursday 19.09.2013
#1: 08:30-13:00    Milano Congressi, Gate 2
#2: 15:00-18:00    Università (La Statale), Sede centrale

Friday 20.09.2013
#3: 07:00-09:00    Milano Congressi, Gate 2
#4: 11:00-13:00    Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
#5: 15:00-18:00    Politecnico

Saturday 21.09.2013
#6: 07:00-09:00    Milano Congressi, Gate 17
#7: 11:00-15:00    Ospedale San Raffaele

Sunday 22.09.2013
#8: 07:00-13:30    Milano Congressi, Gate 2

See also:
Documentation ‘Intersex Genital Mutilations’ (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ] 
Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ Glasgow 2013 (PDF)
Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ Leipzig 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ Lübeck 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ Heidelberg 2010

Mutilations Wholesale: Why we are targetting the ‘9th Joint Meeting’ 
 Preaching CAIS Castrations and Supposedly ‘High Cancer Risk’, again

LWPES, ESPE: Evidence for Systematic Intersex Mass Mutilations
Lawson Wilkins, Andrea Prader 1950: From Experimentation to Extermination 
Lawson Wilkins 1950s: ‘Amputation of the clitoris at the earliest possible time’
  
to prevent ‘anxiety in parents’ 
Lawson Wilkins et al. 1958: ‘Corrective procedures on large numbers of patients’
Andrea Prader, LWPES 1973: ‘Hereditary Defects Causing Male Pseudohermaphroditism’    

Preaching CAIS Castration and Supposedly ‘High Cancer Risk’, again at the ‘9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology’

    
1.  ‘High Cancer Risk’ as Justification for CAIS Castrations

Doctors and clinics treating intersex ‘patients’, especially paediactric endocrinologists and their departments, still propagate and perpetrate so called ‘prophylactic’ castrations a.k.a. gonadectomies on CAIS ‘patients’ (Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, i.e. people developping a female appearance due to their bodies not reacting to testosterone at all, despite XY caryotype and having mostly undescended testicles producing testosterone, which then is made into estrogens by the body, hence the female appearance).

The rationale behind these medically unnessesary castrations with all their ‘unpleasant consequences’ (Hauser, 1961/63, see below 3.) is a) an alleged ‘high cancer risk’, and b) ‘psychological distress’ of the ‘patients’ (that were and still are told by doctors to be ‘normal women’ with ‘malformed ovaries’), or rather the parents and doctors themselves.

Due to organised criticism by self-help groups during the 25 years leading to ‘new’ assessments of the alleged cancer threat (e.g. Cools et al. 2006 stats | fulltext; Looijenga et. al. 2007 stats | fulltext; Pleskacova et al. 2010 stats | fulltext), there have been some recent positive developments exposing the ‘high risk’ as a convenient and profitable lie by doctors (which has been known and criticised by insiders since at least 1956, see below 3.).

However, many doctors and clinics are still selling the ‘high cancer risk’ lie, and continue to propagate and perpetrate harmful, medically not necessary castrations.
 

2.  Examples of Doctors, Universities, and Clinics
Represented at the ‘9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology’
and Recommending ‘Prophylactic’ CAIS Castrations:

a)  Naples, Italy – Federico II University of Naples, Pediatric Endocrinology Unit:
Prof. Dr. Mariacarolina Salerno contributes to 5 poster presentations at the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, incl. Sex Differentiation 2, P1-d2-588: ‘A novel heterozigous mutation in steroidogenic factor 1 in a 46,XY patient with ambiguous genitalia but without adrenal insufficiency’
In the journal La Repubblica, 28.08.2013, Prof. Dr. Mariacarolina Salerno addresses the public recommending CAIS castrations as follows (translated from Italian):

‘In the first case [PAIS = Partial AIS] it’s often possible to assign the male gender, to correct the atypical genitalia surgically and prescribe a hormone therapy. In the second case [CAIS] it’s necessary to assign the female gender and in puberty we recommend removing the gonads.’

b)  São Paulo, Brazil – The University Hospital of the Medical Faculty of São Paulo:
Prof. Dr. Berenice B. Mendonca contributes to no less than 8 presentations within the programme of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, mostly related to Intersex/’DSD’, and incl. the prestigious ‘SLEP “Cesar Bergadá Lecture”‘ PL6-7: ‘Long-term follow-up of patients with disorders of sex development (DSD)’. Prof. Mendonca is well-known for constantly recommending medically not necessary, mutilating surgeries (see also Open Letter to ‘I-DSD 2013’, p 2). Regarding CAIS castrations see e.g. her 2009 publication ’46,XY disorders of sex development’ (PDF) p 21-22):

Gonadectomy should be performed because of the increased risk of testicular tumours, although a recent study showed that tumor risk is low in CAIS patients before and during puberty.[64] We favour prepubertal gonadectomy, after diagnosis, and then induction of puberty with oestrogens at the appropriate age.This approach diminishes the time that the girl has an inguinal mass and surgery is better handled psychologically by a young child than an adolescent. However, the optimal timing for gonadectomy in CAIS patients is controversial and some authors advise to postpone gonadectomy until after spontaneous breast development at puberty.[65] In our experience, breast development is similarly obtained with endogenous oestrogenization or with pharmacological replacement.’

c)  Innsbruck, Austria – The Medical University of Innsbruck:
The University’s Paediatric Departement is represented 3 times within the programme of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, though with non-intersex topics. However, e.g. the University’s Pediatric Course of Winter Semester 2011/12 (PDF) [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ] teaches on p 28 (translated from German):

Therapy:
∙ leaving the gonads until the end of puberty
∙ physiologically female development of puberty
∙ thereafter removal of the gonads because of cancer risk
∙ substitution with estrogens and gestagens’

And these are just three random examples! As a rule of thumb: Scratch any presenter at the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, and you’ll find mostly a personal perpetrator of Intersex Genital Mutilations, or at the very least a genital mutilators’ clinic/university!
 

3.  Unnecessary and Harmful: Medical Criticism since at least 1956

The well-known surgeon and endocrinologist Georges André Hauser (1921-2009), one of the name patrons of the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKHS), was probably the most staunch criticist of CAIS castrations since at least 1956, i.e. before systematic castrations became a de-facto medical standard – despite that even then it was well known, that castrations were not medically necessary, but indeed harmful.  

In the influential 1963 medical textbook ‘Intersexuality’ (edited by Claus Overzier, German editition 1961), G. A. Hauser contributed a chapter on ‘Testicular Feminization’, as CAIS was called then. There he criticised the castrations unmistakably, denouncing the medical myth of ‘High Cancer Risk’.

Some excerpts:  >>> All Relevant Pages (PDF, 1.1 MB) 

‘a) The risk of malignant change is not as great as has been suggested. […] Jones and Scott (1958) also state that malignant change occurs in less than 5% of the cases.’

‘d) The castration of patients without a tumour converts symptomless individuals into invalids suffering from all the unpleasent consequences of castration. […]’

‘e) Castration upsets a state of biological equilibrium that has been built over a long period of time. Since most of these patients have normally or even very well developped breasts and sexual feelings, it is very difficult to restore this ideal state by replacement therapy.’

‘f) Other autors state that they remove the gonads, because they do not correspond to the external, psychosocial and psychosexual sex of the patients. This is a costly mistake, because these gonads produce estrogens. […]’

So, despite that the medical community has known very well and for a long time about the exaggerated ‘high risk’ and the negative consequences, they did (and still do!) preach medically not necessary, harmful castrations on vulnerable patients none the less!

>>> INFO + 8 PEACEFUL PROTESTS  ‘9th Joint Meeting of Intersex Genital Mutilators’
>>> Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting the ‘9th Joint Meeting’  
>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘9th Joint Meeting’ (PDF) 

LWPES, ESPE: Evidence for Systematic Mass Mutilations
Lawson Wilkins, Andrea Prader 1950: From Experimentation to Extermination 
Lawson Wilkins 1950s: ‘Amputation of the clitoris at the earliest possible time’
  
to prevent ‘anxiety in parents’ 
Lawson Wilkins et al. 1958: ‘Corrective procedures on large numbers of patients’
Andrea Prader, LWPES 1973: ‘Hereditary Defects Causing Male Pseudohermaphroditism’    

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ Glasgow 2013 (PDF)

Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ Leipzig 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ Lübeck 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ Heidelberg 2010

“Female, Male, Gap – The New Amendment Harms Mostly Intersexes” – Maedchenmannschaft 11.09.13

CEDAW #43 To End Forced Genital Surgeries Now!Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Article by Lea on the new German Intersex Law, banning intersex children from having a sex registered on their birth certificate, thus reinforcing the position of power of doctors imposing harmful cosmetic genital surgeries on newborns – deceivingly praised as an ‘option for third gender entry’ and ‘breaktrough’ by lazy navel-gazing online-reporters around the globe that couldn’t be bothered to ask persons concerned and their organsisations.

German feminist blog maedchenmannschaft.net sets the record straight, reporting the facts and interviewing Daniela “Nella” Truffer and Markus Bauer of Zwischengeschlecht.org (the other german speaking groups weren’t available for comment). English translation by Kirsty. Thanks!

Prof. Dr. John Gearhart (‘WOFAPS 2013′, ’25th ESPU 2014’) on Orgasmic Function after Intersex Clitoris Amputations: ‘Adequate intercourse was defined as successful vaginal penetration’

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘WOFAPS 2013’ Surgeons (PDF)

Cheryl Chase, Founder of ISNA and “Hermaphrodites With Attitude”, on a familiar Intersex Genital Mutilators’ ruse:

Cheryl Chase: 'Hermaphrodites With Attitude' (1997)

»Notice how John Gearhart, a noted specialist in genital surgery for intersex children, evades questioning about orgasmic function following the presentation of his paper on additional surgeries for repair of vaginas surgically constructed in intersex infants. ([…] the discussion was published in the Journal of Urology along with the paper.)

Dr. Frank: How do you define successful intercourse? How many of these girls actually have an orgasm, for example? How many of these had a clitorectomy [clitoris amputation], how many a clitoroplasty, and did it make any difference to orgasm?

Dr. Gearhart: Interviews with the families were performed by a female pediatric surgeon who is kind and caring, and who I think got the maximum information from these patients. Adequate intercourse was defined as successful vaginal penetration…. (Bailez et al., 1992, p. 684)«

Cheryl Chase: “Affronting Reason” (1995). In: Looking Queer, ed Atkins, 1998, p205-219

>>> John Gearhart: ‘Western Cutting of Clitorises is no Mutilation!’ 

>>> INTERSEX-PROTESTS + INFO: Berlin 13.-15.10. ‘WOFAPS 2013’
>>>
CALL FOR ACTION! Digging the Dirt on local & regional Intersex Mutilators

>>> Intersex Protests + Info: Innsbruck 6.–10.5. “25th ESPU 2014”

>>> Documentation ‘Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice’

Lawson Wilkins et al. (1958, 1971): Cosmetic clitoris amputations and other ‘corrective surgical procedures’ on intersex children (3)

>>> Mutilation Wholesale: Why we are targetting the ‘9th Joint Meeting’ 2013 

Intersex Genital Mutilations: No Reckoning, No ReconciliationProf. Dr. Lawson Wilkins, the ‘inventor’ of systematic early cosmetic surgeries on children born with ‘atypical’ sex anatomies, and name patron of today’s North American ‘[Lawson Wilkins] Pediatric Endocrine Society ([LW]PES)’, contributed a foreword to the 1958 revised edition of Hugh Hampton Young’s ‘classic’ intersex genital mutilators’ bible:

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook [ click to enlarge ] Lawson Wilkins’ foreword to the 1958 edition, referring to Hugh Hampton Young’s 1937 ‘classic’  1st edition, and boasting of corrective procedures and exploratory laparotomies on large numbers of patients studied in the gynecologic, urologic and pediatric endocrine clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.’

The most common ‘corrective surgical procedure’ until the 1980s was cosmetic amputation of ‘enlarged clitorises’ on children, as featured in the 1958 edition on p 278-79 (and unchanged also in the 1971 3rd edition on p 340-41)

[ click to enlarge TRIGGER WARNING!!!] ‘FIG. 325. A. The amputation of the phallus with transfixion of the stump. […] C. Final stage of the operation showing a tiny cosmetic clitoris. The size of this clitoris will vary from case to case and gives a remarkably normal appearance to the external genitalia especially after some pubic hair appears.’ 

>>> Why we are targetting the ‘9th Joint Intersex Genital Mutilators’ Meeting’ 2013 

>>> Lawson Wilkins, Andrea Prader 1950: From Experimentation to Extermination (1)
>>>
Lawson Wilkins: “Amputation of the clitoris at the earliest possible time”
       
to prevent “anxiety in parents” (2) 

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Intersex Genital Mutilation, Global Inc.: Why we are targetting the ‘9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology’, Milan Sept 18-22

The ‘9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology’ is organised by well known perpetrators’ organisations from Africa (ASPAE), Asia-Pacific (APPES), Australia and New Zealand (APEG), Europe (ESPE), Japan (JSPE), Latin America (SLEP), North America (PES, formerly LWPES, see below), and is bound to attract intersex genital mutilators from all over. 

Despite not literally getting blood on their own hands while personally mutilating defenceless children’s genitals, paediatric endocrinologists were and still are the leading branch within the ‘Global Intersex Mutilators’ Cartel’:

  • It was pediatric endocrinologists who actually ‘invented’ the early systematic cosmetic surgeries on children born with ‘atypical’ sex anatomies (Lawson Wilkins, Baltimore 1950, name patron of the [LW]PES), and they were the motor behind the worldwide dissemination of this inhumane practice (e.g Andrea Prader, Zurich 1954, inventor of the infamous ‘Prader Scale’, founding member of ESPE, and name patron of ESPE’s annual ‘Andrea Prader Prize’, see PL7 Joint Meeting Award Session 2).
  • The ‘new’ stigmatising medical nomenclature ‘Disorders of Sex Development (DSD)’, the so called ‘DSD’ or ‘Chicago Consensus Conference’ of 2005 (and the ‘DSD Consensus Statement’ published in 2006), was again introduced by the ‘LWPES1/ESPE2 Consensus Group’, consisting mainly of Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (LWPED) and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) – also the leading bodies of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’.
    While the Consensus Statement also includes some rather positive aspects (more inclusive definition based on physical aspects instead of sexologist theory, half-hearted commitment to include psycho-social support for parents and persons concerned, and last but not least sparing a small fraction of the endangered children), the term ‘Disorders’ respectively ‘DSD’ (in use by perpetrators for at least 40 years) is highly stigmatising and therefore unanimously criticised by persons concerned, and also, despite allegedly ‘multidisciplinary teams’, in practice psycho-social support is at best a fig leaf:
  • Today, pediatric endocrinologists (sometimes together with a paediatric surgeon or urologist) are still the medical profession most often ‘dealing with the parents’ a.k.a. telling them it’s OK to ‘authorise’ early cosmetic surgeries on their healthy children (a fact, which is also acknowledged within the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, see abstract WG6-114: ‘The paediatric endocrinologist is often situated at the centre of the DSD team and acts as a conduit for communication’, plus referring to the ‘UK Guidelines’ 2011 by Ahmed/Achermann/Conway/Krone/et. al. that encourage mutilations, see Open Letter to ‘I-DSD 2013’ p 2 for reference). In practice, if specialised psycho-social experts are called in at all, then mostly as a ‘bonus’ only after parents ‘consent’ to surgery first, and in order to ensure compliance of parents and health insurance firms.
  • Several known propagators and perpetrators of ‘DSD therapies’ incl. early cosmetic surgeries and non-consensual imposition of hormone ‘therapies’, will be advocating such at the ‘9th Joint Meeting’.
  • All of the current major government-funded perpetrators’ ‘research projects’ are lead by such paediatric endocrinologists – and are offered a platform at the ‘9th Joint Meeting’: ‘I-DSD’ (WG6-117), ‘DSD-Life’ (WG6-118), ‘DSDnet’ (WG6-119).

‘DSD’ will be prominently featured during all 4 days of the ‘9th Joint Meeting’, incl. ‘Hypospadias’, ‘Boys with Very Small Penis’, ‘Klinefelter Syndrome’, ‘Gender identity disorders’, etc.

On the other hand, input by persons concerned, as well as serious ethical, legal and human rights considerations, are once again missing.

INFO + 8 PEACEFUL PROTESTS ‘9th Joint Meeting’, Sept 18-22
 Preaching CAIS Castrations and Supposedly ‘High Cancer Risk’, again
Open Letter of Concern to ‘9th Joint Meeting’ (PDF) 

Help us reminding the perpetrators that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children!

LWPES, ESPE: Evidence for Systematic Mass Mutilations
Lawson Wilkins, Andrea Prader 1950: From Experimentation to Extermination 
Lawson Wilkins 1950s: ‘Amputation of the clitoris at the earliest possible time’
  
to prevent ‘anxiety in parents’ 
Lawson Wilkins et al. 1958: ‘Corrective procedures on large numbers of patients’
Andrea Prader, LWPES 1973: ‘Hereditary Defects Causing Male Pseudohermaphroditism’    

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook

Intersex Genital Mutilations
Human Rights Violations Of Children With Variations Of Sex Anatomy

2014 NGO Report to the UN Committe on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
>>> Download PDF (3.65 MB)     >>>
Table of Contents  

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB) 

Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ Glasgow 2013 (PDF)
Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ Leipzig 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ Lübeck 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ Heidelberg 2010

Peaceful Protests against ‘I-DSD’ Intersex Genital Mutilators, Glasgow June 7-9 2013: Report and Pictures

>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium 2013’ (PDF)
>>> VIDEO of the ‘I-DSD’ Protests in Glasgow | Excerpt Featured on ABC Nightline 
>>> ‘I-DSD’: ‘Cruel and inhuman’ surgeries – Press Release 07.06.2013

Protest #1, 07.06.2013, Wilson Medical School
(‘DSD Training Workshop for Young Investigators’), @10.31 am

STOP Genital Mutilation in Children's Clinics!Zwischengeschlecht.org on FacebookFirst, we’d like to thank everyone again who signed the Open Letter to the ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’, helped spreading the word or otherwise lent their support!

As always, during the protests we had honest and good conversations with people and parents concerned, other participants of various fields (even doctors), and many passers-by.

And once more we were delighted that also within the conference people called the perpetrators on their bullshit, and that this was reinforced by our peaceful protests outside and vice versa.

Protest #2, 07.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building
(Venue ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’), @1.13 pm

Needless to say, also at the ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ both forms of objection to the inveterate mutilators were sorely needed. Despite one doctor, who, after realising the presence of persons concerned, quickly tidied up his presentation (i.e. silently taking out the “bloody slides” to make it more palatable, though of course without changing its tenor), many were shamelessly advocating medically not necessary surgeries on defenceless children, proving once more such conferences are anything else than a safe place for persons concerned.

Protest #2, 07.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @ 1.16pm: Opening of the ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (Centre: Prof Dr Olaf Hiort, Team Leader ‘EuroDSD’ and ‘DSDnet’).

Just two examples from Paediatric University Clinics represented at the the ‘4th Symposium’ to illustrate why countering the mutilators was important:

  • University Children’s Clinic Sao Paulo, Brazil: Paediatric endocrinologist Prof Dr Berenice Mendonca (also mentioned in the Open Letter to the ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (PDF), and soon to be again prominently featured at the upcoming Global Intersex Mutilators’ Conference ‘9th Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology’ in September) made several deeply unsettling remarks during her presentation and the discussions, and continued unfazed despite disturbed reactions by persons concerned.

Protest #3, 07.06.2013, University of Glasgow, Main Gate
(‘Guest Lecture’ and ‘I-DSD Steering Committee Meeting’), @5.37 pm

  • University Children’s Clinic Ulm, Germany: Peaediatric surgeon Dr Gabriele Jergl-Corkin, boasted referring to collegue and co-contributor Dr Clothilde Leriche: ‘Over a 27 year period our specialized pediatric surgeon has operated over 600 children with CAH, performing clitoris reductions, vaginoplasties and reconstructions of the labia.’  (see ‘I-DSD Proceedings’ (PDF, p 25)

Protest #5, 08.06.2013, Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Yorkhill
(Homebase ‘I-DSD’ and ‘Scottish DSD Network’), @2.03 pm

Protest #5, 08.06.2013, Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Yorkhill, @12.13 pm:
Police writing up the details of all protesters after complaints from within Yorkhill.
(We got off scot-free in the end.)

  • Dr Clothidle Leriche (University Children’s Clinic Ulm, Germany) boasting in front of ‘CAH parents’ last fall, then ‘only’ counted ‘500 CAH girls operated on’, as well as ‘170 other children’ (again including ‘feminising procedures’ only), as Zwischengeschlecht.org revealed earlier this year (report in German). (Obviously, ‘masculinising’ genital surgeries, e.g. ‘Hypospadias Repairs’ were not included in this gruesome statistic at all …)

Protest #6, 08.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @4.41 pm:
‘We demand: Comprehensive Information against Manipulation!’ 
Katrin Ann Kunze † at the 1st ‘Zwitter Demo’, State Court Cologne, 12.12.2007

  • The resulting figure of at the very least 900 children submitted to genital surgeries (as admitted by the University Children’s Clinic Ulm, Germany themselves) becomes even more unsettling when considering that their “specialized pediatric surgeon” Dr Clothilde Leriche favours “genital corrections between 9–12 months”, as Zwischengeschlecht.org revealed (in German).

Protest #6, 08.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @4.09 pm
(Centre:  Prof. Dr. Inas Mazen (‘D$D-Life’, Cairo, Egypt)

  • Grand Total of these at least 900 children ‘feminized’ by medically not necessary, cosmetic genital surgeries admitted by the University Children’s Clinic Ulm, Germany themselves: With German hospital records leaked by Zwischengeschlecht.org in 2010 documenting a staggering profit for the hospital of Euro 8175,12 per pedo-vaginoplasty, at least 900 children sum up to 7.3 Millionen Euros + (or at the very least € 7’357’608.–).

Protest #7, 09.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @10.06 am

All the more important that the mutilators continue feeling the pressure wherever they gather to promote their atrocities!

Protest #7, 09.06.2013, Sir Charles Wilson Building, @11.14 am:
Pedo Surgeon Prof. Dr. Pierre Mouriquand (Lyon, France)
tries in vain to hail a departing taxi.

>>> ‘I-DSD’: ‘Cruel and inhuman’ surgeries – Press Release 07.06.2013
>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (PDF)
 

VIDEO Action vs. ‘I-D$D’ Genital Mutilators!
4th I-D$D Symposium, Glasgow 2013
Thanks to Richard Duncker (MenDoComplain)

>>> on Vimeo

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
‘Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice’

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ 2010

Intersex Protests + Info: Glasgow 5-9 June 2013 ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’

 
INFO NIGHT, Wednesday 5th June 19:00
“Intersex Genital Mutilations – Past and Present”
Dewar Room @ The Albany
44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS

7 PEACEFUL VIGILS + OPEN LETTERS, Fri 7th – Sun 9th
“STOP Intersex Genital Mutilations!”

Friday 7th June 2013
#1  08:30-12:45    Wolfson Medical School
#2  13:00-15:45    Sir Charles Wilson Building
#3  16:00-18:45    University of Glasgow, Main Gate

Saturday 8th June 2013
#4  08:30-10:00    Sir Charles Wilson Building
#5  11:00-14:30    Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Yorkhill
#6  15:30-17:45    Sir Charles Wilson Building

Sunday 9th June 2013
#7  08:30-14:00    Sir Charles Wilson Building

Locations:

Wolfson Medical School Building  (Fri 08:30-12:45)
University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
(“DSD Training Workshop for Young Investigators”)

Sir Charles Wilson Building  (Fri 13:00-15:45, Sat 08:30-10 + 15:30-17:45, Sun 08:30-14h)
Kelvin Way, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
(“4th I-DSD Symposium”)

University of Glasgow, Main Gate (Fri 16:00-08:45)
University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
(“Guest Lecture” / “I-DSD Steering Committee Meeting”)

Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Yorkhill (Sat 11:00-14:30)
Dalnair Street, Yorkhill, Glasgow, G3 8SJ
(“I-DSD Homebase”)

>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (PDF) 

See also:
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium 2011’ in Lübeck (Germany)
Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ 2012
Documentation ‘Intersex Genital Mutilations’ (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]
  

«A Gonad For A Gonad, A Lust Organ For A Lust Organ» - Garry L. Warne (left) at the main entrance of '3rd EuroDSD Symposium', Lübeck 20.5.11Peaceful protest outside the Royal College of Surgeons of England, host of ‘ISHID 2011’,
with Open Letters to be delivered to ISHID and RCS, London September 18th 2011

‘I-DSD’: ‘Cruel and inhuman’ surgeries on children’s genitals

‘ISHID 2011’: Peaceful protest outside the University College Hospital Education Centre,
host of televised ‘ISHID 2011 Live Surgeries’ (‘refreshments included’), London 19.09.2011

Zwischengeschlecht.org on Facebook>>> ‘I-DSD’ Protests: Picture Report
>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (PDF)

Press Release by Zwischengeschlecht.org 07.06.2013:

Doctors at the ‘4th International DSD Symposium’ starting today advocate ‘genital corrections’ on toddlers described by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture as ‘rarely medically necessary, can cause scarring, loss of sexual sensation, pain, incontinence and lifelong depression and have also been criticized as being unscientific, potentially harmful and contributing to stigma.’ (A/HRC/22/53, paras 77, 76, 88)

Like at the 3rd ‘Symposium’ in Germany in 2011, the arriving doctors will be greeted by peaceful protests lead by survivors of such surgeries, reminding them that it is NOT OK to mutilate defenceless children.

A fact also reaffirmed by an Open Letter (PDF) with 58 signatories as international as the ‘Symposium’ itself, comprising persons affected, their organisations, partners, families, friends and allies, including renowned academics like Professor Milton Diamond.

While the 4th ‘Symposium’ as a commendable late addition features a small ‘Family/Support Group Parallel Session’ (a first!), one crucial element is still lacking:

Like its predecessors, the ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ utterly fails to include ethics and human rights considerations in its ‘Scientific Programme.’

A shame that falls back not only on the ‘Symposium’ itself, but also on its sponsors UK Medical Research Council, University of Glasgow, ‘Scottish DSD Network’ (formerly ‘Scottish Genital Anomaly Network’) and Yorkhill Children’s Charity, which will also be targeted by the protestors.

The international human rights group Zwischengeschlecht.org demands the prohibition of forced genital surgeries on children and adolescents with ‘atypical’ sex anatomy and “Human Rights for Hermaphrodites too!”

Persons concerned shall later decide themselves, if they want surgeries or not, and if yes, which.

Kind regards

Daniela Truffer / Zwischengeschlecht.org (President, person concerned)
Mobile: +41 76 398 06 50

Markus Bauer / Zwischengeschlecht.org (Research & Policy)
Mobile: +41 78 829 12 60

https://www.stopigm.org
http://humanrights.4hermaphrodites2.org

BACKGROUND

One to two in 1,000 children are born with ‘atypical’ or ‘ambiguous genitals.’ 90% of them are still submitted to non-consensual cosmetic genital surgeries and other invasive medical interventions at a very early age—without actual medical need, without evidence of any benefit for the recipients, but in blatant violation of their human rights.

The doctors call it ‘clitoris reductions,’ ‘penile reconstructions’ and ‘surgical challenges,’ hellbent on ‘correcting’ what they deem ‘too big clitorises’ and ‘imperfect penises’ as quickly as possible, putting pressure on confused parents to ‘fix’ the ‘disorder.’

Survivors experience these procedures as ‘Western Genital Mutilation’ and have been protesting against these systematic, massive and irreversible practices as a gross violation of physical integrity for over 20 years.

Yet still most paediatric endocrinologists and surgeons turn a blind eye to their victims’ pleas–as well as to the mounting evidence-based data on the negative impact of these irreversible cosmetic genital surgeries.

Case in point: The speakers and chairs of the ‘4th International DSD Symposium’ starting in Glasgow today (for referenced examples see the Open Letter, p 2).

>>> Open Letter of Concern to ‘4th I-DSD Symposium’ (PDF) 

>>> 7 Peaceful Protests: All the Dates, Places and Times 

STOP IGM Primer:
What everyone should know about Intersex Genital Mutilations (IGM)!

>>> Download (PDF, 1.95 MB)

Documentation
‘Intersex Genital Mutilations: History & Current Practice’

>>> Download (PDF, 2.4 MB)   [ TRIGGER WARNING!!! ]

Open Letter to ’51st Annual Meeting of ESPE’ 2012
Open Letter to ‘3rd EuroDSD Symposium’ 2011
Open Letter to ’11th EMBL/EMBO Conference’ 2010