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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WHO/ WHAT IS INTERSEX?

INTERSEX refers to individuals born with sex characteristics that 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.” Intersex people…

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