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Closet Talk: Anne Tamar-Mattis - founder of Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)

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Anne Tamar-Mattis is the Founder and the Executive Director for AIC - the first organization in the country to undertake a coordinated strategy of legal advocacy for the rights of children with intersex conditions or DSDs (and their families). Ms Tamar-Mattis and her partner (also an Intersex Activist) are the parents of two children. It is estimated that one in 2,000 babies is born as "intersex" or with "DSD" - Differences of Sex Development. This involves physical differences in reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or differences in chromosome pattern. Ms Tamar-Mattis will be discussing this issue with Jay. AIC also helps parents of children born with DSDs to understand their rights and the rights of their child. These include the right to medical privacy, to informed consent, to appropriate school accommodation, to bullying prevention and also successful medical records retrieval. Anne Tamar-Mattis has more than seventeen years experience in her work with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex and Youth Communities. She is the author of "Exceptions to the Rule: Curing the Law's Failure to Protect Intersex Infants", as well as other works and articles. She has also been recognized by organizations such as Equal Justice Works, the Pride Law Fund, Uncommon Legacy and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. More information about her work- and the organization - can be found at her website: www.aiclegal.org.

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