What is intersex?

‘“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY’ (Reference ISNA).

Below is a beautiful short little video that helps illustrate the fact that gender and sex are simply not black and white. Intersex people are born with biological elements from both sexes. These beautiful young people share what they know from having been born that way. Those who would hate such people need to see this video.

This video is from the website Beyond Meds

published JUNE 12, 2015 BY 

Guess which one of us has testes?

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2 Comments on “What is Intersex?

  1. That video was great.

    I didn’t know about the “I” in the GLBTQI acronym until a nurse friend mentioned learning about it as part of training she was doing to better support GLBTQI patients. The unwanted surgical intervention really shocked me – also that despite this being such a common biological expression it is so little known and stigmatised.

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    • I get so many questions about intersex. It’s not a subject often discussed. I absolutely loved the simplicity and clarity of this video. They did such a great job. X Lisa

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