UN releases intersex fact sheet

UN releases intersex fact sheet

October 28, 2015

The UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (UNHRC) has released an intersex fact sheet in support of its Free&Equal campaign, and as part of the worldwide movement to recognise the human rights of intersex people.

The fact sheet is the first of its kind produced by the UN and explains what ‘intersex’ means, noting its distinction from sexual orientation and gender identity. It highlights the stigma and human rights violations that are often faced by people with intersex variations. It also includes a number of action points for member states, the media and institutions.

The intersex fact sheet (which you can view here) encourages everyone to make a difference by:

  • Speaking out when you see any form of discrimination or violence against intersex people.
  • Ensuring that educators are trained to respect and provide equal treatment to intersex people.
  • Remembering that intersex people may have any sexual orientation and gender identity.

Dig Deeper:

If you are looking for ways to be more supportive of all LGBTI people, and or more information about intersex rights and the responsibilities of government check out the Free&Equal campaign.

You can also view the intersex factsheet here.

Shawn Moodie

Shawn is the Human Rights Commission's Digital Communications Advisor.

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