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UN creates Intersex Fact Sheet & features Viloria in video!!!

Our deepest thanks and gratitude goes to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for their work to include intersex people in the struggle for human rights, by engaging with intersex activists such as our very own Hida Viloria, to create the fantastic Free & Equal Campaign’s Intersex Fact Sheet,…

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How Intersex People Identify

By Hida Viloria and Dana Zzyym. Much has been said recently, on the heels of all the media attention on Caitlin Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, about the issue of how people “identify”. Meanwhile, Intersex people have also been getting attention in the media, and an increasing amount of folks are finally aware of the fact…

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How Common is Intersex? An Explanation of the Stats.

The most thorough existing research finds intersex people to constitute an estimated 1.7% of the population*, which makes being intersex about as common as having red hair (1%-2%). However, popularly misinterpretted, much referenced statistics would have you believe are numbers are much lower. Here’s why. Some groups use an old prevalence statistic that says we…

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What is Intersexphobia, or Interphobia?

“Interphobia” — as coined in a fantastic 2010 blog post by openly intersex and trans* Professor Cary Gabriel Costello, PhD — is another term for what we have been calling “intersexphobia” for several years. Intersexphobia and Interphobia are defined as negative attitudes and feelings towards people who are believed to possess biological sex traits that…

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Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: The Malta Declaration

Between November 29th and December 1st 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents. The Forum was organized by ILGA Europe’s Silvan Agius and Ruth Baldacchino, and three intersex activists selected from an open…

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WHAT IS INTERSEX?

  INTERSEX refers to individuals born with sex characteristics which are not typically male or female. Intersex people can look typically male, typically female, or androgynous, as there are an estimated 30 types of intersex traits comprised of variations in chromosomal patterns, reproductive organs, genitalia and/or hormones. In addition, intersex people identify our gender in…

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Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies

  This information includes intersex basics and tips for how to be a good ally. Please share widely to spread awareness about and acceptance of intersex people! Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies        

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Ten Misconceptions about Intersex

Authors: Curtis E. Hinkle, Founder, Organisation Intersex International & Hida Viloria, Chairperson, Organisation Intersex International All of the following statements are false: 1. Intersex means that a person has both sets of genitalia. This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about intersex. Intersex often has nothing to do with the genitalia of the…

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Types of Intersex/Intersex Variations

What are some biological factors that can underly intersex? Note: A number of the items that will be linked to below are in the process of being edited for inaccuracies. They include… 17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency 5-alpha reductase deficiency Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome – AIS Ambiguous genitalia Aphallia Clitoromegaly Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – CAH Cryptorchidism Endocrine-disrupting chemicals…

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