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Kimberly M. Zieselman, JD

Promoting Intersex Visibility,
Inclusion, & Human Rights

Kimberly Zieselman is an intersex woman, media consultant, lawyer and human rights advocate with more than 25 years experience.

She served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Envoy on LGBTQI+ Human Rights at the State Department, executive director of the premier intersex policy organization in the U.S., InterACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, and board member of InterConnect.

Kimberly is a leader in the field of intersex human rights and participated as an expert consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva in 2015 and was an official signatory to the historic Yogyakarta Principles +10 in 2017.

She guided internationally renowned fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele on her historic coming out as intersex, and consulted on the development and storyline of the first-ever recurring intersex character on Television for Faking it on MTV. 

Kimberly regularly consults and speaks on intersex policy, representation and inclusion in legal, healthcare and corporate settings as well as entertainment media, and has been published and quoted in numerous outlets including, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, Washington Blade, Advocate, and Vogue.

In 2020, Kimberly published XOXY, an award winning memoir about her personal and professional intersex journey and is Executive Producer of the short narrative film, Common As Red Hair


Intersex describes someone born with sex characteristics (chromosomes, reproductive organs and/or genitalia) that don't conform to typical definitions of either male or female bodies. 

Nearly 2% are born intersex.

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