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Dr. M. Morgan Holmes
(? - living) Canada

Morgan Holmesl

Intersex activist


Dr. M. Morgan Holmes, an academic who earned a Ph.D. at McGill University in interdisciplinary studies (combining medical anthropology, bioethics, and political science), and director of the Canadian chapter of Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), which provides peer counselling and support and research resources for those dealing with personal and/or research issues connected to intersexuality.

Author of Queer Cut Bodies: Intersexuality & Homophobia in Medical Practice, which highlights the similarities of traditional practises of female genital mutilation and genital reconstructive surgery of children who were born intersexed.

Holmes underwent a clitorectomy, described as a "clitoral recession", at age 7, at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This surgery was undertaken because her clitoris "could become erect", and the surgery has affected her life ever since, including repeated pelvic exams, adolescent sexual experiences, fear of intimacy, and feelings of difference and embarrassment. Holmes describes how clinician "promises of sexual normalcy are not being met" by surgical intervention. Holmes refers to herself as "still intersexual" after medical intervention.

A member of the (now defunct) Intersex Society of North America, Holmes participated with Max Beck and others in the first North American demonstration about intersex issues, a 1996 demonstration as Hermaphrodites with Attitude outside the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Boston. The event is now commemorated internationally as Intersex Awareness Day. She participated in the second International Intersex Forum in 2012.

Holmes is a professor of sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, where she describes her academic interests as sexuality and queer theory, feminist thought; qualitative health research and law related to sexuality and health. Holmes has also extended her interest in intersex issues to other forms of bodily diversity, including disability. She joined Wilfrid Laurier University as a full-time member in 2001, and as a tenure- track member in 2003. She was granted tenure in 2007, and received promotion to professor in 2014.


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