Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What is Intersex?

I have a confession.

I am guilty of assuming that everyone already know what is the definition of Intersex. So often times it comes as a surprise when I meet people and they tell me they do not know the definition of Intersex.

Here is the definition of Intersex, from the UN Intersex Fact Sheet:

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.

According to experts, between 0.05% and 1.7% of the population is born with intersex traits – the upper estimate is similar to the number of red haired people. 

Being intersex relates to biological sex characteristics, and is distinct from a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. An intersex person may be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and may identify as female, male, both or neither.

Because their bodies are seen as different, intersex children and adults are often stigmatized and subjected to multiple human rights violations, including violations of their rights to health and physical integrity, to be free from torture and ill-treatment, and to equality and non-discrimination.

Here is a link to the full UN Intersex Fact Sheet document:


  1. Interesting facts Lynnell, I am a lesbian and now asexual, but at the time I had an intersex lover, and she associated herself with the gay community. Not all intersex people are gay and it's foolish to think so, but in my case I believe she would have been attracted to men if one would have looked past her male features and seen the heart of a woman. Oh if you are interested in my novel is now on the book is titled Province and my pen name is Delores Cremm. Like I said in a earlier post, I do not write about being Intersex, because I'm not. I only feature intersex characters with love and acceptance. No shapeshifters, no magical powers they don't fly or anything outlandish as that. (lol)

  2. And yet, there's a lot way to go. Fortunately, the world is waking, little by little. Maybe few will reap any fruit from the seeds of the work of this decades, but by looking at what you've achieved in the States, I feel that in the spanish speaking world we can too break prejudice. We're but the beginners, I suppose.

  3. Change happens one day at a time. The Intersex community in the States only now making great strides. But change doesn't happen over night, we all have a long way to go before Intersex genitalia isn't a norm among doctors. In the meantime we all need to network and work together.