Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
979 Golf Course Drive #282 Rohnert Park CA 94928
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
We have learned from listening to individuals and families dealing with intersex that:
•Intersexuality is primarily a problem of stigma and trauma, not gender.
•Parents’ distress must not be treated by surgery on the child.
•Professional mental health care is essential.
•Honest, complete disclosure is good medicine.
•All children should be assigned as boy or girl, without early surgery.
The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) was founded in 1993 in an effort to advocate for patients and families who felt they had been harmed by their experiences with the health care system. From these scrappy, brave, and confrontational beginnings, ISNA evolved into an important resource for clinicians, parents, and affected individuals who require basic information about disorders of sex development (DSDs) and for how to improve the health care and overall well-being of people with DSDs.