“Intersex Children Dont Need Fixing”

Open Society Foundations Kimberly Zieselman
For too long, intersex people were hidden. People born with bodies that do not fit into the typical medical categories of either male or female have always existed; they’re born about as often as redheads, in fact. But now the intersex rights movement—and its demand to end unnecessary “normalizing” surgeries on intersex babies and children—has finally started to gain traction. There’s a lot of work left to be done, of course. Now that intersex people are embracing their identities and speaking out, however, a world where intersex people no longer have to hide is finally coming into view.


Drug Policy Reform

The World Must Learn from Hong Kong’s Example

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While many policymakers work to control heroin dependence, Hong Kong stands out. A new report explains why—and offers lessons to public officials hoping to follow its lead.

Media Freedom

The Theater Challenging One of the World’s Most Repressive Governments

Natalia Kaliada
The Belarus Free Theatre has long been a monument to democracy and human rights—and the target of one of the world’s worst dictatorships. Cofounder Natalia Kaliada explains why, despite the persecution, the show goes on.

Governance & Accountability

How the EU Is Failing Whistleblowers

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In order for governments to be held accountable, those who flag corruption from the inside must be supported and protected from retaliation. In this respect, unfortunately, the EU and many member states are falling short.


What It Means to Be Born Intersex

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In this week’s Open Society Instagram takeover, intersex people speak out against ignorance and discrimination.

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