Intersexual

Some intersex traits are not always visible at birth; some babies may be born with ambiguous genitals, while others may have ambiguous internal organs (testes and ovaries).

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The truth is that the vast majority of people with intersex conditions identify as male or female rather than transgender or transsexual.

Thus, where all people who identify as transgender or transsexual experience problems with their gender identity, only a small portion of intersex people experience these problems.

Intersex people face stigmatization and discrimination from birth or discovery of an intersex trait.

In some countries, documented in parts of Africa and Asia, this may include infanticide, abandonment and the stigmatization of families.

To better explain this, we can liken the sex spectrum to the color spectrum.

Intersex people possess any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies".

It’s also important to understand the differences between these two groups because in spite of some similarities they face many different struggles, including different forms of discrimination.

The differences between transgender and transsexual and intersex have been understood by lawmakers in countries such as Australia where lawmakers have publicly acknowledged that people with intersex conditions have distinct needs from people who identify as transgender or transsexual.

To answer this question in an uncontroversial way, you’d have to first get everyone to agree on what counts as intersex —and also to agree on what should count as strictly male or strictly female. How small does a penis have to be before it counts as intersex?

Do you count “sex chromosome” anomalies as intersex if there’s no apparent external sexual ambiguity?

Globally, some intersex infants and children, such as those with ambiguous outer genitalia, are surgically or hormonally altered to create more socially acceptable sex characteristics.

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