Intactivists educate at San Francisco Pride Celebration

Members of Bay Area Intactivists had a busy weekend at the 2013 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration. For the third year in a row, the group held a prominent spot in United Nations Plaza just steps from the SF Pride Parade in which the intactivists also participated. During the two days of festivities, countless festival-goers grabbed literature, wristbands, and stickers from the intactivists who were on-hand to advocate for the rights of children and educate about the damage caused by circumcision.

Intactivists gather for a group photo at the conclusion of the 2013 San Francisco Pride Celebration.

San Mateo baby fair attendees warned of circumcision harm

Five members of Bay Area Intactivists staffed a booth at the Birth & Baby Fair event that took place last Saturday at the San Mateo County Event Center. The intactivists have become a familiar sight at this biannual event for new and expectant parents.

The intactivists speak with a visitor to their booth about the damage caused by circumcision.

Santa Cruz Pride Parade participants say 'NO' to infant circumcision

Those watching the 2013 Santa Cruz Pride Parade last Sunday may have caught a glimpse of Bay Area Intactivists, a local organization opposed to infant circumcision and other forms of non-consensual, non-therapeutic genital cutting. This was the second year in a row that this human rights group participated in the parade and once again the intactivists were met with an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd. About a dozen men, women, and children in the Bay Area Intactivists contingent carried signs with messages such as "Circumcision is unnecessary and harmful" and "Whose body?

Members of Bay Area Intactivists prepare to march in the 2013 Santa Cruz Pride Parade.

Bay Area Intactivists 2013 Fundraiser sets new record

The Bay Area Intactivists 2013 Fundraiser concluded last week after a tremendously successful two-month run. The project raised $4,000—more than any previous Bay Area Intactivists fundraiser—to continue the group's mission to eradicate infant circumcision and other forced genital cutting practices. We are immensely grateful to everyone who donated and promoted this fundraiser! Below are just a few of the ways that the proceeds will be put to use:

A screenshot depicts the Bay Area Intactivists 2013 Fundraiser which was hosted on Indiegogo.

Pediatrician conference provokes anti-circumcision protest

Whether or not medical advances were a topic of discussion at the 46th Annual Advances and Controversies in Clinical Pediatrics conference is uncertain but the three-day event in San Francisco certainly attracted its share of controversy. A group of protesters from the group Bay Area Intactivists assembled outside the conference venue while carrying signs calling infant circumcision "medical fraud" and doctors who perform the surgery "sex criminals." Some of the activists wore white body suits with faux-bloodstained crotches which turned many heads along the bustling city streets.

Members of Bay Area Intactivists hold signs condemning infant circumcision during the 2013 UCSF Advances and Controversies in Clinical Pediatrics conference in San Francisco.

Circumcision harm explained at Bay Area Birth Information fair

Four members of the human rights organization Bay Area Intactivists staffed a booth in Campbell, California at the recent Bay Area Birth Information Meet BABI event to educate attendees that infant circumcision is both medically unnecessary and harmful. The intactivists distributed a broad assortment of literature covering topics such as how infant circumcision impedes breastfeeding, the damage caused by forced foreskin retraction, and non-surgical foreskin restoration for adults.

Bay Area Intactivists members V.B. (left), Frank McGinness (middle), and Lloyd Schofield (right) prepare to greet visitors to their booth at the Bay Area Birth Information Meet BABI event in Campbell, California.

Circumcision critics champion condoms, not cutting, to combat HIV

Those travelling past the San Francisco LGBT Community Center last Wednesday evening may have caught a glimpse of signs denouncing infant circumcision and challenging the claim that male circumcision protects men from HIV. Bay Area Intactivists, a human rights group opposed to forced genital cutting, organized the demonstration which took place prior to a panel discussion on global issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS and the human rights of gay men.

Members of Bay Area Intactivists stand in front of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center holding signs condemning male circumcision.

Intactivists educate at Bay Area Birth Justice Fair

Three members of the human rights group Bay Area Intactivists spent last Saturday afternoon dispelling myths about infant circumcision as part of the Bay Area Birth Justice Fair. The event, which took place at the West Oakland Family Resource Center, focused on empowering birth through education. One of the intactivists, Jonathon Conte, gave a talk during the fair about the surgical risks, sexual damage, and lack of necessity in regard to infant circumcision.

Bay Area Intactivists stickers, buttons, and vivid orange pamphlets sit upon a table at the Bay Area Birth Justice Fair.

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