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UN creates Intersex Fact Sheet & features Viloria in video!!!

UN creates Intersex Fact Sheet & features Viloria in video!!!

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, as well as this short video of Viloria at the UN, which they released in conjunction with it! We note that the video was filmed in 2013, when Hida spoke at the U.N. in New York, and that a LOT more intersex people have come out since it was. :)  Please share!

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… Continue Reading

What is Intersexphobia, or Interphobia?

“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… Continue Reading

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

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… Continue Reading

What is Intersex?

  INTERSEX refers to congenital biological sex which is not typically male or female. Intersex people refers to people born with, or who develop naturally in puberty, biological sex characteristics known as Intersex Traits which are not typically male or female. Intersex traits comprise chromosomes, genitals, hormones and/or gonads that do not fit typical definitions… Continue Reading

Ten Misconceptions about Intersex

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… Continue Reading

Types of Intersex/Intersex Variations

What are some biological factors that can underly intersex? Note: A number of the items that will be linked to below are in the process of being edited for inaccuracies. They include… 17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency 5-alpha reductase deficiency Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome – AIS Ambiguous genitalia Aphallia Clitoromegaly Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – CAH Cryptorchidism Endocrine-disrupting chemicals… Continue Reading

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