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My Child Is Intersex And Keeping It A Secret Would Send A Wrong Message To Them

When anyone asks me if my child is a boy or a girl. I have a standard response—they are intersex. Some understand, while most don’t. For me, people’s opinions do not matter. My child’s well-being and their self-respect do, and I know my priorities…

A Beginner's Guide To Talking About Gender

A quick and easy guide to understand and explain the differences between sex and gender!

Tales Of An Intersex Soccer Mom

My biggest fear? Periods. Not my own — I know I will never experience a visit from Aunt Flo. But I knew someday my daughters probably would, and that fact petrified me for nearly a decade…

What does it mean to be intersex?

Being intersex is not a disease. It is a naturally occurring variation in humans. Likewise, being intersex does not affect an infant’s physical health, though it may cause complications as time goes on… This article will explore what it means to be intersex, including its relationship with sexuality and identity.

Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love. Around the globe, including here at home, brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) activists are fighting for equal protection under the law, freedom from violence, and recognition of their fundamental human rights.

How Ana Roxanne Made the Most Soothing, Meditative Album About Being Intersex

Roxanne’s latest record, Because of a Flower, is a culmination of five years of writing and two decades spent coming to terms with her gender identity, after she first learned she was intersex at age 18…

A Parent's Resource About Intersex Kids

We usually think of sex as binary, but some individuals are born with a different combination of sex characteristics than what we identify as female or male. Parents of intersex children face some unique challenges…

75 Nonbinary Names to Chose For Your Little One

Are you looking for a nonbinary name for either yourself or your child? Our list of 75 nonbinary names can help you get started! Gender is a fluid spectrum, and having a choice of gender-neutral names that reflect identity is important…

Momentum Builds Around Intersex Protection in India

The child rights agency for India’s capital city this week recommended a ban on medically unnecessary “normalizing” surgeries on children born with intersex variations…

South African Department of Home Affairs seeks to amend identity laws to include a third gender

“I would like it very much if the government were to introduce this third gender to accommodate people like my child because for the next few years we will always have to explain why she looks or is dressed in a certain way when her ID says something else. It would also help other future mothers who would find themselves in my position having to make impossible decisions.”

An age-by-age guide to talking to your kids about gender

No matter your kid’s age, it’s not too early (or late!) to talk to them about gender. Here’s how to start the discussion, and keep it going as they grow…

The Gender Spectrum: A Scientist Explains Why Gender Isn’t Binary

The gender spectrum is an understanding that gender is not binary (female/male), but rather a spectrum of biological, mental and emotional traits that exist along a continuum…

2020

What Is 5-Alpha-Reductase Deficiency?

Individuals with this condition have testes [that] do not make sufficient dihydrotestosterone to cause the genitals to virilize, or masculinize, prior to puberty. Therefore, infants are born with what appears to be a clitoris and a vagina, and they are often assigned female at the time of birth…

Harvard Medicine: The Body, The Self

“We’ve basically been thinking about sex development and gender identity all wrong for a very long time, and that has done a disservice to an entire population of people who do not fit our traditional expectations…”

Hollyoaks star Ki Griffin feels pressure of being soap’s first intersex and non-binary actor...

Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, the actor opened up about how they feel they have some big boots to fill considering they are the show’s first non-binary and intersex actor.

Romanian Court Slams Law Banning Discussion of Gender in Education

The law threatened the right to health, particularly for transgender, non-binary, and intersex children, for whom denying access to information about gender could have pernicious physical and mental health consequences…

Failed Assignments — Rethinking Sex Designations on Birth Certificates

Sex designations on birth certificates offer no clinical utility, and they can be harmful for intersex and transgender people. Moving such designations below the line of demarcation wouldn’t compromise the birth certificate’s public health function but could avoid harm…

Gender stereotypes are fuelling a mental health crisis among children and causing ‘serious, long-term harm’

Rigid ideas and expectations of gender were identified by researchers as the root of children and teen’s negative mental health that ripples into adulthood, ranging from body image issues, eating disorders, rocketing rates of male suicide and violence against women and girls…

Kid Quick Is the New Nonbinary Superhero of Color Coming to DC Comics

DC Comics’ latest groundbreaking superhero is Jess Chambers, or Kid Quick, who will make their debut next month in DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, a holiday-themed comic book anthology available on December 8…

U.K. -- Surgery on intersex children may stop

Surgery to alter the reproductive organs of children who are born intersex could be stopped, leaked papers show.

In draft proposals by NHS England, genital or gonadal surgery for children born with differences in sex development (DSD) would not go ahead until children could consent for themselves.

Let’s celebrate Intersex Awareness Day 2020!

In times of crisis and pandemic, all people around the globe struggle to cope with fear, stress and worry. But can you imagine struggling for the whole of your life from the time you were born? Intersex people don’t just imagine it…

Myth Busting: Intersex

It’s Intersex Awareness Day (IAD), and today’s blog post is about intersexuality! IAD is all about raising awareness of intersexuality, so we’re here to bust some harmful myths surrounding this term!

Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) and partners have revealed a range of new resources, aimed at changing current practices and promoting genuine inclusive practice…

How intersex Latter-day Saints struggle to stay in a ‘two gender’ faith

“I spent a lot of time wondering if my body was normal,” says Skaggs, a 29-year-old who lives in Southern California. “I felt a lot of shame and secrecy, even lying to my friends about getting my period. I got really good at hiding and putting up walls…”

Boston Children’s Hospital will no longer perform two types of intersex surgery on children

[Boston Children’s Hospital] has agreed to stop performing certain types of genital surgeries on intersex children if they are too young to meaningfully consent – a decision that activists say could be a watershed moment for intersex rights…

‘Stories of Intersex and Faith’: Vanderbilt to host film screening and discussion

Stories of Intersex and Faith, a documentary in which five intersex people offer insight into their extraordinary lives and challenges…

Book Release -- Intersex Rights: Living Between The Sexes

For decades, intersex persons used to be invisible but during the 1990s they started “coming out”, addressing injustice and demanding full integration in societies and recognition under the law…

(though the book is in English, the author is not a native speaker and there are some artifacts in the text that should not reflect negatively on the importance of this work…)

I discovered I was intersex when I was 38 but I’m no longer ashamed

When my mum started crying down the phone, I sat in stunned silence. At 38, after decades of feeling like something was wrong with me, I’d finally found the reason why. I was intersex…

After years of protest, a top hospital ended intersex surgeries. For activists, it took a deep toll.

Intersex youth surgeries have deep ties to racism in the U.S. Last month, Lurie Children’s Hospital became the first in the country to end the operations…

Austria issues first intersex birth certificate after four-year battle

Austria issued its first intersex birth certificate on Thursday, after a four-year battle, as a growing number of countries offer identity documents with options other than male and female…

Are hasty operations on intersex children becoming a thing of the past?

“I thought that was a terrible idea,” she says. “If you remove something, it’s gone forever. Who knows if this person is going to grow up to want to have a vagina or to have penetrative sex? And whose business is it to make these decisions except the person?”

Intersex Texans Still Fighting to be Seen

“I had brought a friend with me for moral support. It was the big secret I hadn’t told anyone, not even my own brother,” said Weigel. “I wore heels, and I wanted to walk in and drop that bomb to them, that their notion of what it means to be a woman, their notion of what gender is, is just so false…”

Court orders State Department to reconsider intersex passport application

A federal appeals court has ordered the State Department to reprocess the passport application of a former sailor and intersex activist who was denied a nonbinary passport with an “X” gender marker instead of the traditional “M” or “F.”

Emily Quinn: Male Or Female Is The Wrong Question—How Can We Rethink Biological Sex?

Artist Emily Quinn is intersex. She’s one of over 150 million people in the world who don’t fit neatly into the categories of male or female. She explains how biological sex exists on a spectrum…

Isolation for intersex people: coronavirus revives trauma

Jeanette Clark, who lives on her own in London, had internal testes removed at 16. She was told the surgery was necessary but not what it was or why. When she turned 50, Clark found out she was intersex after accidentally seeing her medical records.

“I’ve gone through absolute hell with it all…”

Understanding people with intersex variations

Just like all our bodies are different, intersex variations are normal variations that can happen in people’s bodies. They do not define who a person is or what they are or what they’re capable of…!

Book Release -- XOXY: A Memoir

“XOXY is a genuine, moving, and inspiring account of a brave, incredibly motivated woman’s journey to deal with her body – and society – on her own terms. The medical establishment made ill-informed, irreversible decisions while she was a teenager that reflected a bias that the author has made it her life mission to change. I cried, but I also cheered as the author triumphed against odds in a battle that continues today.” — Robyn Schlesinger

No longer invisible: A conversation with Intersex Ireland

A small group of individuals have come together to form a new organisation called Intersex Ireland – a group set up to support intersex people and their families, educate wider society, and advance the rights and equality of all intersex individuals across the country…

UNAIDS -- Feature story: Be proud

Ronie grew up as a boy until the age of 16 years.

“That’s when my body started developing some female features, despite the fact that I associated myself with being a boy,” the Zimbabwean said.

Ronie’s father panicked and sent Ronie to live in another town…

Audio Release -- Undark: Confronting Knowledge Gaps in Intersex Health Care

As surgeries for intersex infants face increased scrutiny, research on health care outcomes remains limited…

Stephen Fry calls for intersex people to be treated with ‘common politeness and decency’

Fry appeared on the BBC regional investigations show Inside Out as it followed intersex activists who are campaigning for an end to the shame, secrecy and unnecessary surgeries for people born with non-binary sex characteristics…

Intersex woman fights to have gender changed on legal documents

Juleigh Mayfield was born James Bradford Mayfield and grew up playing football, believing she was a boy until she turned 17.

That’s when she learned she was born intersex, meaning she has an extra chromosome…

California lawmakers reject intersex surgery ban proposal on infants

California lawmakers have rejected what would have been a first-of-its-kind ban on medically unnecessary treatment for infants born with ambiguous or conflicting genitalia. The measure would have banned all procedures on intersex children 6 and under unless the Medical Board of California deemed them medically necessary…

She's 7 and was born intersex. Why her parents elected to let her grow up without surgical intervention

“I knew that surgeries were common for intersex kids, but I didn’t really understand how it would work,” Eric said. “And so, my fear at the time was that they were going to take Rosie out of the room, and they were going to suggest doing the surgery right away…”

We’re in this together.

InterConnect is committed to building a community for all intersex people, their families, and allies. A space where you are heard, valued, and embraced regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic background, ability, experience, or perspective. A community where you can bring your whole self. We’re in this together, join us.

Our Mission:

InterConnect is a compassionate and affirming community of intersex individuals, family members and allies, working together to promote a better quality of life through connection, support, education and awareness.

Our Vision:

A world in which intersex individuals are celebrated as a natural variation of human biology, and all intersex people feel safe, seen and supported.

Our Values:

We value the journey of intersex people, their families and allies, who support our right to self-determination, dignity, and purpose.

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