Intersex

Intersex: the I in LGBTI I The Feed

(I) Intersex. Historically incorrectly referred to as “hermaphroditism”. Since 2006 the international medical community has used the terms “Disorders of Sexual Development” or Differences in Sexual Development” (DSD) to describe newborns whose sex does not conform stereotypically to the binary gender of Male or Female. Current controversy revolves around the established medical practice of surgically altering a newborn’s genitals to conform to either Male or Female stereotypic appearance and function, without informed consent of the newborn. Intersex newborn’s may or may not be transgender later on in life. Because of their ambiguous genitalia, disconnect between chromosomal sex and phenotype, and other medically-determined conditions, they are persons subjected to stigma, shame, and violence from the communities they are a part of. The United Nations recognizes these persons as persons with “biological diversity” and they are considered persons in need of protection the same as LGBT persons. The United Nations, European Union, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other international political, social, and medical organizations, include Intersex in the LGBT acronym as LGBTI. Categories: Disorders in Sexual Development; Differences in Sexual Development; Varieties in Sexual Development (UK Intersex Association). taken from Transatlantic Transadvocates Preliminary Business Plan, April 2016

The common practice of including Intersex persons along with their Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender sisters and brothers has not caught on yet in the US. This short video presents an overview of Intersex as a condition that has been with humankind from the beginning, yet largely unknown or misunderstood by the general public.

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The Guardian: Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

Note: The information in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not medical advice. If you need further assistance, please consult a licensed professional authority.

Now and then I come across things in the news that have FOUNDATIONAL value for intersex rights. By “foundational” I mean containing sources of information and links to other sources that can help provide background on Intersex that is relatively easy to understand for the general reader. This article is a good platform upon which to add other readings for further study.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) uses the term “biological diversity” when referring to Intersex persons. Intersex persons are included with persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity when it comes to human rights protection in forced displacement. Unfortunately, the inclusion of Intersex in the general parlance of marginalized groups worldwide has yet to happen on a major scale.

Intersex is not an uncommon condition and the source of the presenting condition can generally (short answer) be found in:

The chromosomal union of sperm and ovum during conception,

Embryonic developments in the womb,

Environmental factors such as drugs or other agents taken by the mother during pregnancy, or

Some other condition determined by medical authority.

The reason Intersexuality is not commonly known about is because newborns with ambiguous genitalia or a confusing condition for sex determination would be operated on right after birth to make them fit into a stereotypical male or female classification. This would then be the sex marker on the birth certificate. This unfortunately is still the case worldwide. Many people who were born Intersex don’t even know this, because the parents didn’t know, the condition was not indicated on the birth certificate, or the parents were told not to ever tell the child for psychiatric reasons. The movement to end genital “correction” surgeries at birth and to let the child decide its sex when it is able to give informed consent is being promoted by the United Nations. Member states, with a few minor exceptions, have yet to do this.

One good place to go to on the Internet for further study is Accord Alliance. This organization has free PDF publications for parents and medical professionals. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl by John Colapinto are also excellent reads.

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?
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Intersex: Undescended Testis Diagnosed in About 2% of Boys

This Austrailian study of boy babies presents a surprising frequency of Undescended Testis (Cryptorchidism) in 10,875 births over a 10-year period. The treatment or non treatment of this intersex condition is also discussed.

http://www.endocrinologyadvisor.com/undescended-testis-in-boys-prevalence-and-surgery/article/466854/
Undescended Testis Diagnosed in About 2% of Boys

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CMSRU Medical Education Grand Rounds – “Panel on Disorders of Sexual Differentiation”

This panel on Disorders of Sexual Differentiation presented by Cooper Medical School of Rowan University includes a panelist who is an expert in Transgender Psychology. The presentation has some sound problems, but is well worth your time to watch and digest. This very recent. MEGR makes evident that intersex cannot be fully understood if it is divorced from gender identity.

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Transgender/Intersex Rights in Transition | Human Rights Watch

This concise report tells of the suffering of transgender and intersex persons worldwide. It also describes changes slowly evolving on international and national levels to alleviate the difference, stigma, shame, and violence against those of us who don’t fit into the gender binary.

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2016/rights-in-transition

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MedPulse: Disorders of Sexual Differentiation: Ethical Considerations Surrounding Early Cosmetic Genital Surgery

There is a debate going on between the medical community, intersex activists, and international political bodies over the “proper” way to deal with newborns whose genitalia do not conform to the stereotypical male or female presentation. A worldwide movement is also underway to add a third gender to the entrenched male or female gender binary. Finally, there are activists that are promoting the end to gender markers on legal documents as well as the end of gender pronouns altogether in public discourse.

This article has a lot of insight into intersexuality, also medically referred to as persons born with Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD). There are intersexed people in society who may not even know they were born with a DSD. They have no gender dysphoria and they are quite content with the cosmetic surgery they received as infants. Then there are others whose sex assigned at birth is at odds with their affirmed sex. For these persons a change in gender marker from the one assigned at birth may be in order.

We need to keep in mind that a transgender person may or may not also identify as intersex. And a biological basis for gender dysphoria has yet to be scientifically determined.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/850008
Learn more about the most common disorders of sexual differentiation, along with the ethical dilemmas that present.

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