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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE INTERSEX? EQUALITY AND EQUITY FOR ALL

Updated: Feb 5, 2018

What does it mean to be Intersex?

Being Intersex means that a person was born with sex characteristics which do not fit the typical definition of male or female. Most intersex people identify as men or women, just like everybody else, although some identify as a third gender or different sex, as intersex, or a combination thereof.


How common is Intersex

There is no simple answer to this question. Intersex births are not always accurately diagnosed, experts sometimes disagree on exactly what qualifies as intersex, and government agencies do not collect statistics about intersex individuals. Some experts estimate that as many as 1 in every 1,500 babies is born with genitals that cannot easily be classified as male or female.


How can I be supportive of Intersex persons, Intersex family members and friends?

- Educate yourself about specific intersex variations the person has.

- Do not assume that gender-atypical behaviour by an intersex person reflects an incorrect assignment.

- Be aware of your own attitudes about issues of sex, gender and disability.

- Learn how to talk about issues of sex and sexuality in an age-appropriate.

- Consider attending support groups for intersex persons and their families, friends and partners.

- Work to ensure that intersex persons are not teased, harassed, or subjected to stigma and discrimination.




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