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“Intersex and Human Rights” with Dr. Suegee Tamar-Mattis

Thursday, October 25, 2018  l  6:30 p.m.  l  USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

Founder of the Transgender Clinic of Santa Rosa, Family Medicine physician and Human Rights Watch researcher Dr. Suegee Tamar-Mattis will deliver the fourth annual Human Rights Lecture of the USF Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, “‘I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me’: Unethical Medical Surgeries on Intersex Children,” on the failure of the legal and medical communities to protect intersex children from unethical medical surgeries in the US.

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female. Worldwide, intersex infants and children are subjected to repeated non-consensual cosmetic surgeries and treatments to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain. These surgeries can have catastrophic outcomes. They are a violation of the child’s basic human right to autonomy and bodily integrity.

This Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

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