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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by Hida Viloria. Intersexphobia, or “Interphobia” — as coined in a fantastic 2010 blog post by openly intersex and trans* Professor Cary Gabriel Costello, PhD — encompasses negative attitudes and feelings towards people who are born with, or develop in puberty, sex traits that are not typically male or female, known as Intersex Traits. Interphobia…

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“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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We’re thrilled to see more intersex activists following our lead by discarding the use of medical terms such as “DSD” (representing “Disorders” or “Differences”, “of Sex Development”) and instead using the term “Intersex” exclusively in this video, “What It’s Like Being Intersex”! In 2011, OII-USA, a.k.a. The Intersex Campaign for Equality, was founded and became…

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A recent study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology (March 16, 2015), titled, “Congenital adrenal hyperplasia patient perception of ‘disorders of sex development’ nomenclature”, found that: “71.0% disliked or strongly disliked the term DSD. 83.6% stated they did not identify with the term DSD. 76.0% felt that the term DSD has a negative…

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We are forever grateful to our fantastic allies Professors Joan Pujol Tarrés, PhD, and Marisela Montenegro, PhD, of the Department of Social Psychology (Departament de Psicologia Social) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and Miguel Misse & Pol Galofre of Barcelona’s Cultura Trans, for sponsoring this fantastic event to bring ICE E.D. Hida Viloria…

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OII Word Chair and Intersex Campaign for Equality (IC4E) founder Hida Viloria was interviewed for Gender Talents , a fantastic web-based project by Colombian artist Carlos Motta that engages movements and discourses for gender self-determination within trans and interest communities. Watch the 8 1/2 minute video here. Motta does a FANTASTIC job capturing some of…

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