UN Free & Equal: Intersex Awareness

UN Free & Equal: Intersex Awareness

October 27, 2016

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female.

In many countries, intersex children are subjected to repeated surgery and treatment to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain – and violating their rights.

Intersex children don’t need to be “fixed”; they are perfect just as they are!

The United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm.

Did you know...?

Up to 1.7 percent of babies are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female.

That makes being intersex almost as common as being a redhead!

Being Intersex is about someone’s biological sex characteristics. This includes genitals, gonads, hormone levels and chromosome patterns. It is different from sexual orientation or gender identity – an intersex person could be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and they might be a woman, a man, both or neither.

The repeated surgeries and treatment intersex children are put through in order to “fix” their sex and appearance are often irreversible and can cause permanent infertility and lifelong pain, incontinence, loss of sexual sensation, and mental suffering.

There is typically no medical reason to perform these procedures with so many possible serious negative impacts on children. Carrying these out without consent violates human rights.

Intersex people should be free to decide whether or not they want to undergo such procedures when they are old enough to make an informed decision for themselves.

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Via UN Free & Equal

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