Intersex Immigrants Network strives for social justice, provides support, education resources, community-based research, and advocacy for human and civil rights of Intersex immigrants in NYC and in the USA and for those intersex people who have a significant risk of immigration in their native countries.
We are open to the diversity of all intersex people with different immigration experiences, gender identities, sexual orientations, non-binary and binary status, HIV status, age, physical characteristics, mental and physical abilities, skin color, ethnicity, and religion. We welcome any form of self-identified intersex people and people with X&Y chromosome variations (SCA).
In 2014 Aleksander Berezkin was forced to emigrate to the United States. He was prosecuted in Russia as LGBTQI activist.
I didn’t know where to go for help in the new country. I didn’t know where I can find a doctor who knows how to work with intersex people or at least has an idea about them. And what medical insurance is best for intersex people? I remember my health deteriorated significantly without hormones for several couples of months.
FAQ – Definitions
Intersex (UN Free and Equal) is the term for people who are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, glands and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations, including “supernumerary sex chromosome aneuploidy” (SCA) and other intersex variations. For example, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (SW CAH), Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), 46, XY complete gonadal dysgenesis (Swyer syndrome), 46, XY partial gonadal dysgenesis, 5 alpha-reductase-3 deficiency (5 ARD deficiency) and 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-3 deficiency (17 BHSD deficiency), Hypospadias and Epispadias.
Supernumerary sex chromosome aneuploidy (SCA) – people with X&Y chromosome variations refer to intersex traits in which a person has an atypical number of sex chromosomes, also known as X&Y chromosomes. Specific forms of sex chromosome variations include: 47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome), 45,X (Turner syndrome), 47,XYY; 47,XXX (Trisomy X or Triple X); 48,XXYY; 48,XXXX (Tetrasomy X); 48,XXXY; 49,XXXXX (Pentasomy X); 49,XXXXY.
Immigrant is a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence. Immigrants are motivated to leave their countries of citizenship for a variety of reasons. Such reasons may include a desire for economic prosperity, to change one’s quality of life, better job opportunities, family reunification, escape from prejudice or persecution