Intersex Society of North America
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was a non-profit advocacy group founded in 1993 by Cheryl Chase to represent the interest of intersex people. [need quotation to verify] Their objective was to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries.[need quotation to verify] The organization ended in June 2008.
ISNA later sought to promote the term disorders of sex development, and in 2006 released Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood. The organization closed in 2008, and its founder Cheryl Chase moved on to help found Accord Alliance, an organization set up to promote comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by intersex (disorders of sex development), by promoting collaboration and shared decision-making between patients, families, clinicians, and researchers interested in improving care and health outcomes.
ISNA made various efforts to spread intersex activism, and were a resource for the Colombian court case decision on the surgical guidelines for intersex children.
- Hackford-Peer, Kim (2005). Cheryl Chase Founds the Intersex Society of North America. in GLBT History, 1993-2004; 2005, p28-30, 2p
- Matthews, Karen (Oct 22, 2000). Debate Grows Over Using Surgery on Infants with Ambiguous Genitals. Los Angeles Times
- Murrell, Nancy (October 28, 1998). Intersex group raises questions about genital surgery. Miami Herald
- Staff report (June 28, 2008). Farewell message. via ISNA.org
- "Case 1 Part I (Sentencia SU-337/99)".
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