Today Is Intersex Awareness Day!
It's a v important day, and here's why.
It’s 26th October, and you know what that means… ok, you might not know. But we’re here to tell you. Today is Intersex Awareness Day!
What is intersex?
When someone is intersex it means they are born with a variation of reproductive or sexual anatomy, and so don’t fit into the typical definitions of either male or female. These variations can be visible or invisible, because they can occur in gonads (reproductive glands i.e. a testis or ovary), chromosomes or genitals.
For example, someone could be born with all the characteristics of a female, but have a combination of male and female genitals. Or someone could have a mix of chromosomes so that their DNA doesn’t fit neatly into the category of male or female.
That’s a lot of biology.
That’s probably one of the reasons there’s a lot of confusion about intersex people and it’s common for cis people to get majorly confused about the difference between intersex and transgender. When a person is transgender it means that they are born a certain sex but identify as a different gender, whereas an intersex person is born with a variation of male and female biological parts.
It’s easy to be confused, partly because it’s all quite scientific, but also because there’s not enough awareness about intersexuality – what it means to be intersex, and what it’s like.
That’s why today is super important. Intersex people all over the world are taught from an early age not to talk about their ‘abnormal’ biological make-up, which means they grow up ashamed of their bodies and identity. There’s still loads of stigma, and doctors have been known to push to remove parts of intersex people’s bodies that don’t fit into typical male/female norms.
But intersex people don’t need to be fixed. Their biological parts are different from the norm, but nothing is black and white, and being different is never a bad thing.
So here’s to Intersex Awareness Day!
Spread the knowledge, and spread the love, because you never know who might be struggling silently, unable to embrace their identity due to unnecessary stigma.
If you’re struggling with being intersex here’s a good site with some useful resources. Remember: you’re not alone!