16 March 2018
Dear intersex people, colleagues and partners!
Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people has launched a brochure that provides basic information on intersex people, intersex variations, human rights of intersex people, as well as our recommendations to parents of intersex children and doctors working with intersex patients.
The brochure is available here
13 March 2018
"Snob" magazine in cooperation with Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people published monologues of intersex people, as well as the comment of our organization's lawyer on the situation with intersex rights in Russia and in the world. We welcome the collaboration of media with intersex people, their relatives and allies, because the opportunity to tell their stories publicly is an important part of building confidence of intersex people, destroying myths around intersex topic and increasing the visibility of intersex in society.
27 February 2018
The lawyer of Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people took part in the Scientific and Practical Conference "Days of Science of the Faculty of Law of the Higher School of Economics - 2018. Modern Technologies and Law". The participant presented a speech on the normalization of intersex bodies as a violation of human rights. He highlighted the history, main types and consequences of involuntary medical interventions for the life and rights of intersex people, as well as the reaction of the international community and national courts. Ilya also touched on the issues of discrimination of people's intersex through the construction of the legal sex and highlighted the issues of family law in relation to gender legal recognition.
22 February 2018
23 October 2017 the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation approved the order No. 850N, introducing a complicated procedure for changing the legal sex in Russia. In addition to the reprehensible psychopathologizing of transgender people, this procedure seems unfair to us in regard to intersex people, so we decided to find out the Ministry's position on this issue. After the Ministry of Health approved a new complicated procedure for legal gender recognition in Russia, which, in addition to the reprehensible psychopathologizing of transgender people, seems unfair in terms of intersex people also, we decided to find out the Ministry's position on this issue. We asked the authorities why intersex people need to undergo psychiatric comissions, if the reason for the discrepancy between their passport sex and the biological sex is a mistake of third parties in completing the documents after they were born and what changes of this act are planned in the future. In its response, the Ministry of Health avoided answering our questions, disclaiming responsibility for their own decisions and just enlisting the existing legal regulation. Communication in an attempt to get official explanations continues.
19 January 2018
Today, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation published the act, regulating the form and the procedure for issuing documents necessary for legal gender recognition. Recall that on October 16, 2017, the Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people sent their views on the upcoming draft. We welcome the decision of the Ministry of Health to accept our recommendation to exclude the term of psychiatric supervision as a requirement for a legal gender recognition. Nevertheless, other requirements of the current version of the act, from our point of view, are superfluous. We call on the Ministry of Health to make appropriate amendments to simplify the procedure for legal gender recognition and to exclude the requirement for a psychiatric diagnosis in order to bring the act in line with the principle of self-determination of gender identity in documents enshrined in the The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
30 December 2017
In the autumn of 2017, the Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people conducted a training for lawyers on human rights issues of people's intersex. The main theses and the results of this training we reflected in the first Russian-language guide for lawyers on the designated topic.
We express gratitude to the ARSI team, Anastasia Smirnova, Larisa Bushman, Dmitry Bartenev, Vyacheslav Karagapolov and Daria Morozova for their invaluable contribution to the embodiment of our idea.
2 - 9 December 2017
Founder and Executive Director Alexander Beryzokin participated in OutRight Action International's UN Advocacy Week and OutSummit in New York City, USA. Alexander met with various member states and UN promoting intersex rights as human rights, working with over 45 other LGBTQI colleagues from around the globe.
25 November 2017
Alexander Beryozkin had a speech on the issue of psychological support of intersex people at the first scientific and practical conference "Invisible people: the psychological features of working with minorities", organized by the project "Psychology of the Free Man". Also, ARSI lawyer answered several questions of participants of the conference.
11-12 November 2017
Association Russian Speaking Intersex people (ARSI) together with Russian LGBTQI organization "Ресурс", and Italian Intersex organization Intersexioni with finical support from the Astraea Foundation invited Dr. Massimo Di Grazia, psychologist, sexologist, Intersex researcher, (Trieste, Italy) for presented his research "Vulnerability and sexuality. Problems of Intersex People" at The 4th Conference "Openness and Solidarity. Risk and Opportunities" in Moscow, Russia.
1-5 November 2017
ARSI lawyer took part as a representative of our organizaton in The Annual Conference of ILGA Europe in Warsaw.
29 October 2017
Association of Russian Speaking Intersex People, with the support of COC Netherlands, ILGA Europe, and the Initiative group "Coming Out", held the first Intersex training for lawyers in Russia on "Human Rights of Intersex People". The event was attended by 10 lawyers and students of law faculties from 8 cities of Russia.
17 October 2017
LGBTQIA Resource Moscow, Association of Russian Intersex-People and Italian Intersex organization Intersexioni with the financial support of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, invite a wide range of specialists - psychologists, sociologists, researchers, philosophers, lawyers, human rights defenders to the master class "Vulnerability and Sexuality. Problems of Intersex People "and the report "Notes on Human Sexuality "by Massimo Di Grazia Psy.D., Ph.D. Psychologist Sexologist, Italian Intersex researcher.
Presentations will be November 11-12 at The Fourth LGBTQIAPP+ Family Conference Openness and solidarity. Risks and opportunities, Moscow.
16 October 2017
On October 16, 2017, the Association of Russian Speaking Intersex sent its considerations on the draft of new law, regulating the form and procedure of gender reassignment, proposed by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, as part of the public discussion of this legal document. This draft, in our opinion, in addition to shortcomings in terms of legal techniques, introduce a complicated procedure for changing documents, including a one and a half year observation from a psychiatrist and the requirement to pass a special commission of a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a sexologist, which is unnecessary for changing documents of intersex people.
12 May 2017
The article as a result of participation of ARSI Lawyer in the conference "Medicine and Law in the 21st Century" in December 2016 was finally published. You can read it here (Russian): https://moluch.ru/archive/151/42945/
5 May 2017
Alexander Berezkin (CEO of ARSI) took part in the scientific conference "Representation of Gender and Sexuality in History and Cultural Studies," which was in Drew University (USA) May 5- 6, 2017. He made a presentation of his project "Intersex status of the Soviet man in 1917-1932." In this report, Alexander told that in the early Soviet Union intersex people were allowed to talk about themselves, to declare their needs, and moreover, in 1926 there was a legislative act according to which intersex people could change the "passport sex." Also in his report, he drew attention to models of interaction between doctors and intersex people, about what mechanisms of normalization of intersex people formed at that time, and how the model of providing surgical care was constructed. Alexander continues to work on this project, and he hopes to publish it online after a particular time.
April 2nd 2017
We are pleased to announce that our allies - Egalite Intersex Ukraine will represent the voice of ARSI at the Fourth International Intersex Forum, which will be in Amsterdam on April 20-23, 2017.
ARSI members thank our Ukrainian Intersex colleagues for their agreement and support. And also we express our gratitude to the organizers of this forum for the opportunity of this event. http://4iif.org/
March 19th 2017
Seminar "Intersex and non-binary" was held at the working group on feminist theory and gender at the Higher School of Economics on Friday, March 17, 2017.
The seminar was attended by students, sociologists, psychologists, activists, and intersex people. Alexander Berezkin, the CEO of ARSI, answered questions from the audience and shared his knowledge about Intersex. One of the participants of the seminar found out that she is an intersex woman. ARSI thanks moderators Sasha Alekseeva and Anna Zhogol for organizing and recording this event.
March 17th 2017
Association of Russian-Speaking Intersex people (ARSI) provides new consultation for parents of intersex children:
Do you have doubts, questions, and worries about your intersex child? Our consultant, Alfia, mother of a beautiful intersex-child of 3,5 years, will be happy to answer all your questions. You can contact her by e-mail email@example.com or through the contact form on our website.
ARSI created an Instagram account. There we will be publicly uploaded photography from various conferences and events, and other information (while the content is being filled) http://instagram.com/arsintersex
March 16th 2017
The designer volunteer, who created the ARSI logo. She made new five forms of logo for the representation of ARSI on the website and in social media
March 13th 2017
Organizers of the workshop on gender theory at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), together with Alexander Berezkin, CEO ARSI, will organize an event on the topic "Non-binary of sex, Intersex." on Friday, March 17th, 2017. The seminar will touch upon such issues as discrimination of the intersex people in the modern world, the difficulties encountered by the intersex people who define themselves within the binary gender system, are there hierarchies in the intersex community, ARSI and activism and many others issues.
March 8th 2017
February 27th 2017
On Friday, February 24, Alexander Berezkin, (CEO of ARSI), attended a scientific conference "Sex on the Margins: Navigating Religious, Social, and Natural Scientific Models of Sex Differences." The event held at the Institute of Bio-Cultural Study of Religion at Boston University. The conference was attended by researchers from the American, British and German universities, are engaged in the study of intersex issues and the subject of gender identity in the Christian Protestant theology. In the evening there was an open display of the first part of the documentary project "Stories of Intersex and Faith" by a professor of theology at Boston University Megan DeFrranza. Then there was a discussion with intersex activists and academic researchers such as intersex discourse, intersex identity, issues of faith, the medical community.
February 19h 2017
On February 25 in Moscow ARSI will held a training for psychologists on the topic of working with intersex people, organized in cooperation with the Russian LGBT Network. It will be led by Irene, Daria and ARSI activist Ilya.
On February 24 Aleksander Berezkin, CEO ofARSI will participate in viewing the documentary project "Intersex people of the faith", which will be held at the conference "Sex on the Margins: Navigating Religious, Social, and Natural Scientific Models of Sex Differences" (the Institute of Bio-Cultural Study of Religion at Boston University)
On February 24 in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) Daria will represent ARSI at the strategic meeting with TransCoalition. The meeting will discuss possible cooperation issues between the two movements.
February 15th 2017
Russian intersex activist Irene was invited to participated in the discussion about a movie "Ariana" in Moscow (Russia). This film is about an intersex person who suddenly finds out about their intersex variation. The meeting took place at the international LGBTQI Film Festival "Side by Side." Leading the event was the narrative psychologist Danila Gulyaev (ally). More 70 people visited the event. There were a lot of questions about intersex variations. Everybody liked this evening.
Aleksander Berezkin, the Director of the Association of Russian Speaking Intersex people (ARSI), participated at the Advocacy week in New York. It was organized by the International OutRight Action. Participants were presented by international LGBTQI activists from the Caribbean Union, Latin America and Central and Eastern Asia, Western Europe, including intersex activists: Miriam van der Have - Chairman of the International Intersex Secretariat (ILGA) and the Director of the Dutch intersex organization Netwerk Intersekse / DSD and Mauro Cabral Grinspan - the Director of the international organization GATE. The delegation of activists took part in meetings with representatives of UNICEF, "UN Women", "LGBT Core Group", Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the program "Free and Equal".
Preliminary results of these meetings for Human Rights for intersex people
1. UNICEF - are interested in sharing information on the Rights of intersex people and research. At the end, Jeff O'Malley invited international intersex organizations and their allies to organize a campaign to condemn the operations on intersex children and send the appropriate letter to UNICEF and WHO (World Health Organization) for their support.
2. UN women is developing a new guide on the rights of women LBTI where new terminology on intersex issues will be included, provided by the International Intersex Organizations (OII). The guide will be available for public.
3. Free and Equal- agree on the greater involvement of intersex activists to discuss and edit the information on the website for intersex issues program.
Russian intersex activists Aleksander Berezkin and Fedor Laptev were invited to participated in the discussion about a movie "Ariana" in St. Petersburg (Russia). This movie is about an intersex person who suddenly find out about their intersex variation. The meeting took place at the international LGBTQI Film Festival "Side by Side". It was lasted for one hour. The meeting was attended by the main performer of Ariana - an Italian actress Ondina Quadri. The audience (120 people) asked questions about the situation of intersex people in Russia and in Italy (thank you for support Intersexioni), about the image of intersex people in modern cinema, and mass media. And of course, there were questions to the stunning Ondina about her role and experience.
November 8, 2016
Today is the International Intersex Solidarity Day. It is dated to the date of birth Herculine Barbin, French hermaphrodite, who lived in the XIX century and who described his misadventures in his memoirs. Memories Barbie became known a hundred years after his death. It was found in the archives and published by the philosopher Michel Foucault.
November 5, 2016
Irene, Daria, and ARSI' member Ilya took part in the Russian Federal LGBT forum in Moscow. They talked about who are intersex people, the challenges are faced by intersex people, and how allies can help intersex people.
October 26, 2016
Today we're laucning our website and our new Facebook page!
Happy Intersex Awareness Day!