It’s a little late in the day, but I wanted to recognize #IntersexDayOfSolidarity.
Intersex folks get lumped under the trans+ umbrella, even though #Intersexis actually a biological sex, and doesn’t really fit the common definition of “Transgender”.
It’s important to be informed; 1.7% of people born world wide are Intersex. That means they have any combination of typical female and male chromosomes, hormones, visual anatomy and/or internal reproductive organs. Some are recognized at birth and surgery is performed (without their personal consent) to “normalize” their visual genitalia. It’s not okay, but many medical professionals continue to pressure new parents into choosing the ‘correct gender’ of their infant. Other folks don’t learn they are Intersex until puberty or further on if they experience fertility complications.
Intersex people can have complications through life, but most of the time they live happy and healthy lives and you wouldn’t know they are intersex unless they let you know.
The word #Hermaphrodite is outdated and should only be used by an individual who self-identifies as such. Some folks celebrate #HermPride and that is perfectly valid!
As an LGBTQIA+ community we must be inclusive of Intersex folks! They can be gay, lesbian, bi, pan, ace, or straight… since their biological sex doesn’t define their orientation. They can present as female, male, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, agender or literally any place on the gender sphere that is right for them.
💛It’s really important to include the “I” when we talk about our community!💛
For LGBTQIA+ allies, it’s vital that you understand that Intersex people are equally valid as any other identity. It is not acceptable to ask a person about their body parts under any circumstance. Unless of course they bring it up. 😁
To learn more, follow my favorites: interACT or Youth InterACT
Or do a search for #intersex or follow the amazing YouTube channels to follow in the comments.
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Finally, if you are Intersex and you’re reading this… sorry y talk about you like you’re not in the room. 😉 You are part of my family and your body and genetic makeup are perfect!