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Being Intersex

It refers to the term for a combination of chromosomes, gonads,hormones, internal sex organs, and genitals that difers from the two expected patterns of male or female. Formerly known as hermaphrodite (or hermaphroditic), but these terms are now outdated and derogatory.

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Intersex differences in and of themselves (for example, differences in genital appearance) are perfectly healthy and natural. Most people with intersex bodies are completely healthy. In some cases, being intersex may lead to health issues. But the actual risk level varies by medical diagnosis, and interesex people in general are healthy. Intersex traits are natural human variations, not disorders. The intersex movement wants this understanding. This is similar to the way that LGB and T people have fought against being seen as mentally “disordered.” While intersex traits are nothing to be ashamed of, there are sometimes other accompanying issues to keep in mind. 


Intersex is usually an adjective that describes a person’s body. Their gender is something else. For example, there are intersex men, intersex women, intersex nonbinary people, and others. For many people, intersex traits strongly affect their relationship to their gender.



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