ASTRAEA Awards $187,000 To Intersex Human Rights Activists

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ASTRAEA Awards $187,000 To Intersex Human Rights Activists

Today, in honor of Intersex Awareness Day, ASTRAEA Lesbian Foundation for Justice, has just announced the awardees of their Intersex Human Rights Fund. Through the fund 29 intersex-led grantees from 20 different countries have been granted a total of $187,000. The Fund which only began this year is the first fund of its kind in the world. It began as a reflection of the emerging movement of international activists fighting for rights and recognition for intersex people on a global scale.

The fact that there has not been funding grants for intersex activists is not as shocking as it sounds considering that the "I" in LGBTQI has only become a more regular occurrence in our acronym (which has yet to be standardized). The slow adaptation of the "I" is due impart to one of the many stigmas and discriminations that intersex people face––invisibility. Other important issues activist fight for and for which the ASTRAEA IHRF supports include: bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination.

The fund is supported by seed donors Kobi Conaway and Andrew Owen, as well as leadership support from the Arcus Foundation. ASTRAEA is actively seeking organizations and individuals who are working on behalf of intersex folks to apply for the upcoming grant cycle for 2016. For more information visit the ASTRAEA website.