Note: Some of the dates in the original posting have been corrected. Intersex Awareness Day is observed on October 26th in commemoration of the first North American intersex protest, in 1996 in Boston, where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding their annual meeting. As demonstrated in the picture below, the trans and intersex alliance…

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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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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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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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“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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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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  INTERSEX refers to individuals born with sex characteristics which are not typically male or female. It is an adjective, like the term “gay,” meaning someone “is intersex,” not, “is an intersex.” For the noun form, one would say someone is, “an intersex person,” “an intersex individual,” or, in plural, we are, “intersex people.” NOTE:…

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  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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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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