Intersex refers to a category of medical conditions that feature a “congenital anomaly of the reproductive and sexual system.” That is, a person with an intersex condition is born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that is not considered “standard” for male or female bodies. It is debated whether or not intersex is an identity. While some intersex folks do claim an intersex identity, it is not a freely chosen category of gender. The medical profession has recently started using the phrase “Disorders of Sexual Development” to refer to intersex conditions.
More About Intersex Conditions and Experiences
- 9 Ways Intersex Youth Want You to Support Them (Article by Kel Kray, published on 03/18/2015)
- Intersex 101: Respecting Variations in Biological Sex (Article by Erin McKelle, published on 05/21/2014)
- Intersex Awareness (Video by thehpalliance, published on 10/28/2011)
- What It’s Like to Be Intersex (Video by BuzzFeed, published on 03/28/2015)
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
ISNA is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. Check out their extensive Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.