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In 2013, the Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia created this intersex pride flag. The circle symbolizes wholeness, and the colors are meant to not be derivatives of pink (female) or blue (male).
Participants at the third International Intersex Forum held in Malta, December 2013.

Intersex people have some aspect of their physical sex that is inconsistent with conventional ideas of male and female sex (such as in chromosomes, hormones, and/or internal or extermal sex organs), and is either present from birth or apparent later on, often at puberty.

Someone who was not naturally intersex, and seeks to transition to an androgynous physical form, should not be said to be transitioning to intersex. Some proposed words for non-intersex people with intersex-like transition goals are salmacian (suggested by Raphael Carter in 1996 or earlier)[1], female-to-neutral (FTN), and male-to-neutral (MTN) (where "N" may also stand for neuter or neutrois).

An intersex person may have any gender identity. They may agree with their assigned gender (cisgender, or ipsogender), or they may think of themselves as transgender, or it may be more complicated. They may or may not think of themselves as being part of the LGBTIQAP spectrum.

A person with a non-binary gender may be intersex, or they may be dyadic (not intersex).

Intersex was one of the 56 genders made available on Facebook in 2014.[2]


Dyadism is discrimination against intersex people. That discrimination can include erasure, harassment, medical malpractice, lack of marriage rights, religious intolerance, human rights violations, and hate crimes.


Because of dyadism, many believe that intersex people cannot live happy, fulfilling lives free from psychological damage as a result of the condition. As a result, they are often given so-called "normalizing" or "corrective" surgeries, often at a very young age, and without their consent. The only two countries where intersex activists' voices have been heard and turned into laws banning this practice are Chile and Malta.[3][4] However, surgery may be necessary to improve the potential for fertility, provide an outlet for menstruation, prevent or reduce urinary tract infections or obstruction, reduce risk of cancer in abnormal gonads, close open wounds or exposed internal organs, and/or improve urinary or fecal continence.[5]


External links


  1. Raphael Carter, "Angel's Dictionary." 1996-07-14. [1]
  2. Eve Shapiro, Gender circuits: Bodies and identities in a technological age. Unpaged.