INTACTIVIST OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE

One of Intact America's greatest strengths is the diverse and supportive intactivist community. Our "Intactivist of the Month" series highlights some of the most ardent opponents of infant and childhood circumcision, whose tireless efforts will ensure a future where all babies are kept intact. Below is a list of all the intactivists we have featured as Intactivist of the Month.

Pete KeayMARCH 2017: Our Intactivist of the Month for March is Pete Keay.
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Scot AndersonFEBRUARY 2017: Our Intactivist of the Month for February is Scot Anderson.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Tora SpignerJANUARY 2017: Our Intactivist of the Month for January is Tora Spigner.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Chris MaurerDECEMBER 2016: Our Intactivist of the Month for December is Christopher Maurer.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Ms. BluNOVEMBER 2016: Our Intactivist of the Month for November is Dr. Paul Thomas.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Ms. BluOCTOBER 2016: Our Intactivists of the Month for October are pro-intact celebrities.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Ms. BluSEPTEMBER 2016: Our Intactivist of the Month for September is Cynthia Maloney.  Read more >>

 

 

 

 

Ms. BluAUGUST 2016: Our Intactivist of the Month for August is singer, songwriter and storyteller Audra "Ms. Blu" Berger, who brought a special brand of soul to the Intact America float at the 2016 NYC Pride march.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Julia LegutkoJULY 2016: July's Intactivist of the Month is Julia Legutko, who just celebrated 10 years of marching for intactivism in the NYC Pride Parade.  Read more >>

 

 

 

Niki SawyersMAY 2016: This Mother's Day, and every one to follow, will be bittersweet for Niki Sawyers, the mother of two girls and a boy. Read more >>

 

 

 

Kira AntinukAPRIL 2016: April's Intactivist of the Month is Kira Antinuk, a registered nurse and founder of the Canadian Children's Health & Human Rights Partnership (CHHRP, pronounced "chirp"). Read more >>

 

 

Marilyn MilosMARCH 2016: March's Intactivist of the Month is Marilyn Milos, RN. Director of NOCIRC and Genital Autonomy America. Read more >>

 

 

 

OnisionJANUARY 2016: January's Intactivist of the Month is YouTube personality Onision. Onision is a comedian, author, director, musician and banana (an identity he proclaimed in a 2009 song). Read more >>

 

 

intactivists rockDECEMBER 2015: In lieu of a December Intactivist of the Month, we want to acknowledge All of YouRead more >>

 

 


John EllisNOVEMBER 2015: November's Intactivist of the Month is John Ellis. Most of you reading this have never heard of John Ellis. He doesn't carry signs at protests or comment publicly on Facebook. But a long list of VIPs certainly know his name. Read more >>

 

 

Franny Max

OCTOBER 2015: This October, we honor Franny Max, a powerhouse advocate for the rights of children. Read more >>

 

 

 

Rosemary Romberg

SEPTEMBER 2015: This September, we honor Rosemary Romberg, mother, grandmother, author, and pioneer of the intactivist movement. Read more >>

 

 

Dr. John Trainer

AUGUST 2015: This August, we honor Dr. John Trainer, physician and father of five as Intactivist of the Month. As a residefent in Family Medicine, Dr. John Trainer was taught to perform routine infant circumcision "one of literally dozens of procedures that residents learn," he says. Read more >>

 

 

David GrantJULY 2015: This month, we honor David Grant, intactivist and volunteer extraordinaire, whose on-the-ground organizing made Intact America's presence at the 2015 NYC Pride March a rousing success.  Read more >>

 

 

Protest GroupJUNE 2015: This June, as Father's Day approaches and as the Hironimus v. Nebus case continues to stun and appall us, we want to honor the Men of the Intactivist Movement—fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, every man who believes in standing up, speaking out, and fighting for the rights of children to their own bodies. Read more >>

 

 

 Amy Wright GlennMAY 2015: May’s Intactivist of the Month is Amy Wright Glenn—author, educator, doula, and mother. Glenn connects with her audiences through the natural and nurturing elements of motherhood, and exemplifies the qualities of compassion, caring, and communication.  Read more >>

 

 

Heather HironimusAPRIL 2015: Four years ago, Heather Hironimus could not have imagined that she would be in the center of a national debate, let alone an ongoing court case drama. What she did know, however, was that she would go to any length to protect her baby boy from harm. Read more >>

 

 

Elizabeth NobleMARCH 2015: The intactivist movement recently lost one of our great champions, Elizabeth Noble. Throughout her career, Elizabeth focused on the physical and spiritual well-being of mothers and their infants; and she made waves when she featured a photograph of her naked, intact son on the cover of her book, The Joy of Being a BoyRead more >>

 

 

Jonathan FriedmanFEBRUARY 2015: Jonathan Friedman was raised by a large Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy, he witnessed many Orthodox Jewish circumcision ceremonies where metzitzah b’peh (oral suction to remove the blood from the baby’s penis) is a requirement. Read more >>

 

Dan StrandjordJANUARY 2015: This month, Intact America honors Dan Strandjord. He's the man popularly known around the University of Chicago Medical Center as the Foreskin Guy. For the past decade, every weekday, Dan has stood with his sign—a one-man, constant protest against that institution’s participation in the circumcision industry. Read more >>

 

 

Ernesto EcheverriaDECEMBER 2014: December’s Intactivist of the Month, Ernesto Echeverria, is a little different from our other honorees. Other than sporting a “10 Out of 10 Babies Say NO” bumper sticker on his minivan, he really isn’t on the frontline. Rather, he came to the issue—let’s say—naturally, and in doing so, helped to inspire the creation of Intact America. You see, Ernesto, who makes his living as a glassblower in Corning, New York, is the son of Georganne Chapin, Intact America’s founding executive director. Read more >>

 

J. Steven SvobodaNOVEMBER 2014: Seven years ago, when Intact America was just an idea among a handful of intactivists, J. Steven Svoboda—a human rights and patent law attorney in San Francisco—was an integral part of the conversation. In fact, he’s been fighting for human rights for decades. In 1997, Steven founded Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, an international network of attorneys who work to secure equal protection for children’s legal and human rights to bodily integrity and self-determination. Read more >>

 

Dr. Adrienne CarmackOCTOBER 2014: One of the outstanding speakers at this summer's Genital Autonomy Symposium in Boulder, Colorado, was Dr. Adrienne Carmack, a Board-certified urologic surgeon and author of Reclaiming My Birthrights: A Mother's Wisdom Triumphs Over the Harmful Practices of Her Medical Profession. Dr. Carmack is an outspoken advocate for natural childbirth and an opponent of unnecessary medical interventions, including “routine” circumcision. Read more >>

 

John LeguizamoSEPTEMBER 2014: We've known for years that Alan Cumming, Penn Jillette and Howard Stern are vehemently anti-circumcision. But did you know that John Leguizamo, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone, Gerard Butler, and many more Hollywood luminaries have come forward and spoken out in support of boys’ rights? Read more >>

 

 

Dr. Paul FleissAUGUST 2014:  It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr. Paul Fleiss. An American pediatrician who broke with tradition early on to promote breastfeeding and encourage parents to keep their boys intact, Dr. Fleiss represented what we would love to see in all pediatricians – a willingness to look beyond tradition and stand up for what’s right for our children. Read more >>

 

 

Lisa Braver Moss and Rebecca WaldJULY 2014: As the anti-circumcision movement grows and people realize the importance of respecting children’s rights to genital integrity, activists such as Lisa Braver Moss and Rebecca Wald, authors of a new book called Celebrating Brit Shalom, are speaking out in favor of alternative religious and cultural practices. Read more >>

 

Brian LeafJUNE 2014: Author, educator, and intactivist Brian Leaf is an advocate of "conscious parenting," which is the focal point of his most recent book, The Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi: Cloth Diapers, Cosleeping, and My (Sometimes Successful) Quest for Conscious Parenting. Read more >>

 

 

Mothers of the MovementMAY 2014: This month we're proud to publish a special Mother's Day edition of the Intactivist of the Month series, because so many of our supporters—birth mothers, adoptive mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, and friends—give so much of their time and devotion to protecting baby boys from genital mutilation. Read more >>

 

 

Bloodstained MenAPRIL 2014: You may have seen photos of the Bloodstained Men at intactivist demonstrations, wearing white jumpsuits with bright red stains on their crotches. They stop traffic. They make people look twice. They instigate conversation. And they change minds—which is why we're honoring them as our Intactivists of the Month. Read more >>

 

 

Larissa BlackMARCH 2014: If you’re an intactivist and you spend any amount of time on Facebook, chances are you’ve come across The Whole Network. This month, Intact America is proud to celebrate one of TWN’s strongest voices: Larissa Black (or, as she’s known on Facebook, Larissa “Skinforce” Black). Read more >>

 

 

Ron GoldmanFEBRUARY 2014: This month, Intact America is pleased to honor Ron Goldman, PhD—author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective. Ron is a researcher, educator, writer, and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, and in late January he spoke at the Council of Europe's circumcision debate in Paris. Read more >>

 

 

Gaye Blake-RobertsJANUARY 2014: Over the last year, much attention has been paid – and rightly so – to the men in the intactivist movement who’ve found the courage to speak publicly about the negative impact circumcision has had on their lives. But that is only part of the story. Gaye Blake-Roberts, a member of NORM-UK, has long been committed to intactivism, particularly from the perspective of women – the mothers, partners and friends of men who have been involuntary victims of genital cutting. Read more >>

 

Robin Banks BeattyDECEMBER 2013: As we head into the holiday season, thoughts turn to giving, to both our friends and loved ones and to our community. Within the intactivist community, generosity from donors is what makes possible the work we do. This month, Intact America is honored to celebrate one such generous donor, Robin Banks Beatty. Read more >>

 

Greg HartleyNOVEMBER 2013: Intact America is pleased to honor Greg Hartley, Director of NOCIRC Pennsylvania (part of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers). He’s also a member of Intact America’s Steering Committee and a devoted champion of boys’ rights to genital integrity. Oh, and in his spare time he’s a nuclear engineer! Read more >>

 

Anthony LosquadroOCTOBER 2013: This month, Intact America honors Anthony Losquadro, founder of the anti-circumcision organizations Intaction and HealthyNaturalBaby. A successful businessman, Anthony uses his corporate marketing expertise to reach a wide range of people with the intactivist message. You'll find him at health and baby fairs, men's support groups, protests, and even sidewalk theater demonstrations. Read more >>

 

Adam ZeldisSEPTEMBER 2013: Intact America is delighted to honor Adam Zeldis, whose enthusiasm has brought new energy to the intactivist movement. Between his dedication to helping the Intact America staff, his technical skills, and his incredible energy, Adam has become truly indispensable! Born in New Jersey and based now in New York City, Adam, 30, became aware of circumcision after hearing Howard Stern rant about it on the radio 15 years ago... Read more >>

 

George HillAUGUST 2013: Intact America is extremely pleased to honor George Hill as Intactivist of the Month. George, who recently turned 76, has been fighting for babies' rights for more than thirty years. But his awareness of circumcision goes all the way back to when he was 9 years old, when he realized that something “horribly wrong” had been done to him as a baby. Read more >>

 

Dr. Christopher GuestJULY 2013: It’s rare that a physician will speak out publicly against circumcision; so many are still afraid of repercussions within the medical establishment. Christopher Guest, MD, however, has taken a courageous route for nearly 20 years. Read more >>

 

 

Alan CummingJUNE 2013: June marks the annual celebration of Gay Pride Week, and we're proud to to honor Tony-winning actor Alan Cumming, outspoken activist for gay rights as well as boys' rights to genital integrity. We thank Alan, a member of Intact America's Board of Advocates, for his steadfast support! Read more >>

 

 

Dr. Christiane NorthrupMAY 2013: Dr. Christiane Northrup is a visionary pioneer in the field of women’s health and wellness. A staunch intactivist, she is best known as the author of the bestselling Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, an indispensable resource for women for nearly two decades. Read more >>

 

 

European IntactivistsAPRIL 2013: Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new report claiming the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. A new article signed by nearly 40 pediatricians, urologists, epidemiologists and other doctors from 17 countries, led by Dr. Marten Frisch from Denmark, criticizes the AAP’s report. Read more >>

 

Richard SchwartzmanMARCH 2013: Dr. Richard Schwartzman, D.O., is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in a technique that helps patients to re-experience traumas buried since infancy. "I have seen firsthand the damage caused by circumcision and have had patients successfully overcome its traumatic effects." Read more >>

 

 

Aubrey TerrónFEBRUARY 2013: Over the last few years, we have seen tremendous changes in the anti-circumcision movement. What started as a small group of dedicated intactivists has grown into a far-reaching tapestry of people spreading the word that babies deserve to be kept whole, thanks in large part to people like Aubrey Terrón (née Taylor). Read more >>

 

 

Petrina FadelJANUARY 2013: To be an intactivist is to be dedicated to protecting infants from the harm and trauma of circumcision. For some, this is a full-time, lifelong passion. Petrina Fadel—mother of four and grandmother of six, all intact—is a staunch defender of babies’ rights, a behind-the-scenes power in the movement, devoting her life to educating parents, doctors, hospital personnel and others. Read more >>

 

 

Craig GarrettDECEMBER 2012: One of the biggest issues facing the intactivist movement is convincing legislators in each state to end Medicaid funding of circumcision. Craig Garrett, an active member of Colorado-NOCIRC, has been dedicated to education and advocacy for genital integrity for more than ten years—and his activism and outspokenness led directly to the Colorado legislature voting to end Medicaid funding for routine infant circumcision. Read more >>

 

 

CourageNOVEMBER 2012: Tens of millions of men across America were circumcised as babies, without their consent, and have been forced to live with the consequences. Four of these men—Anthony Losquadro, Jonathon Conte, Dan Bollinger, and Christopher Kehoe—are now speaking out publicly, sharing their personal experiences, their pain, and their anger. Read more >>

 

 

Joe JensenOCTOBER 2012: The Intactivist movement comprises men and women of all ages and walks of life, all dedicated to one ideal: stopping the unnecessary and cruel act of routine infant circumcision. Particularly inspiring is the growing number of young men speaking out, and one such young man is Joseph Jensen. Read more >>

 

 

Tim HammondSEPTEMBER 2012: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new Technical Report on Circumcision, the benefits of this medically unnecessary surgery outweigh the risks… and yet the Report provides no serious discussion of the known risks of circumcision and dismisses reports of circumcision damages. Thanks to the efforts of Tim Hammond, we know better. Read more >>

 

 

Holm PutzkeAUGUST 2012: Last month, a German court made headlines around the world when it ruled that non-medical infant circumcision constituted grievous bodily harm. The intactivist movement owes a huge debt of gratitude to Holm Putzke, whose research, courage, and outspokenness led directly to the German court's decision. Read more >>

 

 

James Loewen

JULY 2012: James Loewen, an independent photographer and filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada, has become the intactivist movement's unofficial documentarian. His video interviews on YouTube have been viewed more than half a million times. "My contribution to intactivism is through my camera," James explains. Read more >>

 

 

Dr. Dean EdellJUNE 2012: Dr. Dean Edell is a physician, self-described hippie, and media personality whose straightforward and refreshing approach to health and lifestyle issues has charmed and educated America for more than three decades. Dr. Edell's opposition to infant circumcision began after he met Marilyn Milos, founder of NOCIRC. Having already fathered and agreed to the circumcision of his first three sons, Dr. Edell became an intactivist, protecting his next two boys, and thereafter speaking out publicly against the practice. Read more >>

 

Marilyn Milos, RNAPRIL/MAY 2012: This Mother's Day, as we honor the women, mothers, and grandmothers who have impacted our lives, Intact America celebrates the "founding mother" of the intactivist movement—Marilyn Milos, RN. Thanks to Marilyn's vision, passion, dedication, and leadership, thousands upon thousands of people across the country have found the courage to stand up for the rights of newborn children; countless babies have been spared the knife; and parents, doctors, and medical professionals are finally realizing that an intact penis is a normal penis. Read more >>

 

Dr. Robert Van HoweMARCH 2012: Dr. Robert Van Howe, pediatrician and passionate advocate for children’s rights, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Van Howe is an expert on circumcision, speaks frequently on that topic, and has published numerous articles and studies, including last year's "How the Circumcision Solution in Africa Will Increase HIV Infections." Read more >>

 

John GeishekerFEBRUARY 2012: John Geisheker, J.D., LL.M., is the Executive Director and General Counsel of Doctors Opposing Circumcision, an international non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. John appears at medical, childbirth, and human rights conventions, presenting on the medical science, bioethics, and dubious legality of infant genital cutting. Read more >>

 

Dr. Mark ReissJANUARY 2012: Dr. Mark Reiss, a 77-year-old retired physician and renowned concert pianist, is a dedicated intactivist who has made a special contribution within the American Jewish community. Mark has been an active proponent of keeping baby boys intact since 1999. Read more >>

 

Lauren JenksDECEMBER 2011: Lauren Jenks, proud intactivist and founder of The WHOLE Network, didn’t become aware of the issues surrounding circumcision until she became pregnant with her first child, a boy. “I didn’t think about it much until about 2 months before his due date. The thought of any painful procedure made my head spin.” Read more >>

 

Miriam PollackNOVEMBER 2011: As a Jewish woman, Miriam Pollack was often invited by friends to their sons’ brit milah ceremonies, and found them increasingly disturbing. After meeting Marilyn Milos in 1991, she realized that, in her words, "My entire maternal wisdom had been keening underneath the very powerful mantel of the religion and culture that I loved: Judaism." Read more >>

Dan BollingerOCTOBER 2011: Intactivist Dan Bollinger is one of the most prominent intactivists in the movement today. Director of the International Coalition of Genital Integrity (ICGI), Dan writes press releases, publishes scientific studies, provides insight and direction, and attends conferences. He is tireless in his efforts to end the practice of infant circumcision. Read more >>

Eliyahu Ungar-SargonSEPTEMBER 2011: Filmmaker Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon's documentary Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision takes a powerful look at the practice of infant circumcision from a uniquely Jewish perspective. The film is currently on tour throughout the United States. Read more >>

 

Shelton WaldenAUGUST 2011: Shelton Walden is a media producer, videographer, radio host and long-time intactivist, donating hisShelton Walden time and skills to helping Intact America in its efforts to reach the public with the message that circumcision is harmful and wrong. Read more >>

 

Leonard GlickJULY 2011: Leonard Glick, MD, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist with a medical degree and author of Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America. He is also one of the most outspoken intactivists in the movement to end the ritual cutting of baby boys. Read more >>

 

Gillian LongleyJUNE 2011: Gillian Longley, a neonatal nurse and devoted intactivist, has been co-coordinator of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) since 2005, and is a member of Intact America’s Board of Health Professionals. Read more >>

 

Confessions of a Circumcised American DadMAY 2011: Shawn Jenks: One of the most common arguments in favor of circumcision is "I want my son to look like his father." But that argument makes no sense! Dad, if you were missing a hand, would you ask a doctor to cut off your baby’s hand? Read more >>

 

Penn JilletteAPRIL 2011: Penn Jillette, the talkative half of the famous magic/comedy/illusion duo Penn & Teller, is a staunch supporter of the right of baby boys to genital integrity. He has spoken out against circumcision very publicy, both in his television show "Bullshit!" (which includes an interview with NOCIRC founder Marilyn Milos), as well as in his video channel, Penn Says. Read more >>

 

Genital Integrity Awareness WeekMARCH 2011: David Wilson: This year marks the 18th anniversary of Genital Integrity Awareness Week, which takes place from March 28-April 3. Every year, intactivists from all over the country travel to Washington to march on the Capitol in defense of babies' rights—and David Wilson is the driving force behind this effort. Read more >>

Van LewisFEBRUARY 2011: Van Lewis: Right now, everyone is talking about circumcision. But when Van Lewis started protesting circumcision forty years ago, he was arrested and jailed for peacefully demonstrating with his brother Ben on the public sidewalk outside a hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. Van is revered within the intactivist community. Read more >>

 

Dr. Michelle StormsJANUARY 2011: Dr. Michelle Storms, a family physician and mother of three, is an outspoken proponent of genital integrity. She witnessed her first circumcision while in her residency in Milwaukee. “I was appalled,” she says. “The baby writhed and screamed while being strapped down and cut.” The feeling of repulsion never went away. Read more >>

 

NOVEMBER 2010: Martha Roth, an activist and midwife from Nyack, New York, says she doesn't deliver babies; rather, she "catches them." As a firm believer that, whenever possible, babies should be born at home, Martha has helped mothers bring more than 500 babies into the world. Martha’s non-interventionist caregiving philosophy extends to keeping infant boys intact. Read more >>

OCTOBER 2010: Adrian Colesberry, author of the hilarious, critically acclaimed How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry, was one of the first people to join Intact America's Board of Advocates. A staunch supporter of the fight to end male circumcision, Adrian writes about the issue frequently on his blog. Read more >>


Intactivist of the Month: Amber Craig

SEPTEMBER 2010: Amber Craig, Director of NOCIRC North Carolina, is one of the most influential people in the intactivist movement. She has spent the last two decades educating people about the risks and harms of circumcision. Amber was involved in the creation of Intact America, and she serves on the organization's Steering Committee. Read more >>