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I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me: Medically Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children in the US In this report, based on interviews with intersex adults, parents of intersex children, and medical practitioners working with intersex people, interACT and Human Rights Watch document the fall-out from that medical paradigm, and the failure of the medical community to regulate itself effectively. There have been changes in practice in recent years, with many doctors now advising against surgery on infants and young children. But even so, surgery continues to be practiced on children with atypical sex characteristics too young to participate in the decision, when those procedures both carry a meaningful risk of harm and can be safely deferred.  
Implementing System Wide Policy and Practice Improvements to Support LGBTQ+ Youth and Families with Child Welfare System Involvement Kristen Weber and Bill Bettencourt This report describes the processes and outcomes associated with implementing Guidelines for Managing Information Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and Identity in Child Welfare Systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Guidelines outline ways in which child welfare jurisdictions can implement system wide innovations to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and their families.   May 2021
In-Home Resources for Families of LGBTQ Youth This brief reviews resources and best practices for supporting LGBTQ youth and their families in-home settings.  
Infographic: LGBT People with Disabilities Movement Advancement Project In recognition of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Movement Advancement Project released a summary of research available on LGBTQ+ people living with disabilities. This resource describes the unique challenges faced by the estimated 3 million to 5 million LGBTQ+ Americans living with disabilities and outlines recommendations for advancing equality and opportunities to help remove these challenges.   July 2019
Information Packet: Transgender Youth in Child Welfare Settings Sikerwar & Rider This fact sheet reviews the experiences of transgender youth in the child welfare system. It offers a brief overview of national legislation and best practices for agencies.   2015
Intersex 101: Everything You Need to Know interACT Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. People are born with these differences or develop them at a young age. Genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes can develop in many ways. The problem is, children’s bodies are often changed for them because of shame and stigma. This includes surgeries to create a vagina, reduce a clitoris, move a urethra, or remove testes. Most surgeries happen before the age of 2. We’ve worked with many of the world’s top human rights organizations, and all agree: Surgeries to change sex traits must be the individual’s choice. That’s why interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with differences in their genitals, chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive anatomy. This two-page Intersex 101 guide was created by interACT as an introduction.  
Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them Movement Advancement Project This report focuses on the “invisible majority” of the LGBTQ community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report provides an overview of current research so we can better understand those who comprise the largest share of the LGB population. It also examines how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change. Finally, sidebars throughout the report highlight the lived experiences of bisexual people—and the pervasive discrimination and key disparities they face.   September 2016
Is Your Agency Ready to Serve Transgender and Non-Binary Clients? FORGE This checklist helps agencies check the following areas for trans-competency: Forms and paperwork; Bathroom options; Service options and curriculum; Advertising/publicity; Displayed materials; Referrals; Visible feedback/complaint mechanisms; Tracking clients; and Training.   April 2021


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