Intersex is a term used to describe a person who may have the biological attributes of both sexes or whose biological attributes do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.
Intersex people may identify as male, female or non-binary (definition from Stonewall).
LGBTI or LGBTIQ might be an acronym you see, with I standing for intersex. (I chose not to use it for this calendar, because I didn’t think I was talking enough about intersex identities throughout the month).
It’s irrelevant if an intersex person identifies as queer or not for LGBTQ people to care and campaign for intersex rights.
There is the common experience of discrimination and stigma against a group of people who don’t fit society’s broad heteronormative template.
Here’s some resources to learn more about intersex rights and role models:
- Belgian model Gaby Odiele
- Intersex UK on Facebook and Twitter
- Blog post on Amnesty UK’s LGBTI network on the importance of campaigning for intersex rights
- Intersex myth busting on Amnesty International’s blog
- What’s it like to be Intersex video on Youtube. Watch this! As with every day on this calendar, listen to people with those identities rather than me.