Our longtime colleague Tim Hammond has produced a new brochure regarding genital autonomy and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community in collaboration with Attorneys for the Rights of the Child and Doctors Opposing Circumcision.
Below, Tim elaborates on the purpose of this brochure:
“I’m pleased to announce the publication of the attached brochure aimed at encouraging more involvement by the LGBTI community on issues of children’s genital autonomy. It’s a revised version of a similar brochure I created in 2014 for CHHRP when I was living in Canada. This newer version contains content specific to the U.S. (e.g., how immigrants from Central America are being coerced into circumcising their sons when giving birth in U.S. hospitals, which wouldn’t be the case in their home countries).
Although the wording in some sections of the brochure might seem a bit awkward to some of you, my choice of words was very deliberate in terms of how to make the brochure more inviting and welcoming to intersex and transgender people after having had my consciousness raised by allies from those communities who are sympathetic to the need to stop circumcision.
The brochure is copyrighted, which means that no alterations are permitted to the language or images. However, individuals or organizations at the local level may use the brochure for local LGBTI outreach efforts.”