Commissioned by the Federal Government, the German Ethics Council is currently preparing an Opinion on the situation of intersex people in Germany. The aim of the Opinion is to provide a differentiated analysis of the situation of and challenges for intersex people. In a multi-step discussion process, the Ethics Council would like to continue the dialogue with persons concerned and self-help organisations as well as experts, a dialogue which it had already started in June 2010 with the public event “Intersexuality – Life Between the Sexes”.
Therefore, on 2 May 2011, the German Ethics Council launched in a first step a survey addressed to intersex people. This survey will run until 19 June 2011. In addition, the Ethics Council has asked doctors, therapists, social scientists and lawyers with relevant expertise for a written statement.
As second step in preparing the Opinion, a public hearing is planned, to which intersex people and experts from various disciplines have been invited.
Following this hearing, the Ethics Council plans to hold an online discussion in a third step, not only to collect further important information, but also to initiate a mutual exchange between those concerned and experts. In this way, the German Ethics Council aims at establishing a solid empirical basis for its Opinion. You are cordially invited to participate in this process.