Intersex and Homeland Security

Classification: News

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Thanks to naive beliefs about sex and gender, the Department of Homeland Security finds itself arguing with the Board of Immigration Appeals about whether or not a person’s chromosomes determine her/his sex.

In its disagreement with Homeland Security, the Board of Immigration Appeals noted that the facts about intersex negate Homeland Security’s overly simplistic beliefs about sex and gender identity. In making its decision, the Board referred to legal scholar Julie Greenberg’s masterful Arizona Law review article called Defining Male and Female: Intersexuality and the Collision Between Law and Biology.

You can read more details about this legal ruling in Gay City News.

To read more about how people with intersex are getting tangled up in legal politics,see our FAQ about intersex and ‘same-sex’ marriage, and see Lisa Lees’ report on the Real ID Act of 2005

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