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In 2013, the Organisation Intersex International 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).[1]

Intersex people are people born with any variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that do not fit the typical definitions of male or female bodies.[2]

An intersex person may have any gender identity. They may agree with their assigned gender; in this case, they would be described as either ipsogender or cisgender, although the usage of the term cisgender is controversial with regard to intersex people. They may think of themselves as transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, etc. An intersex person who feels that their intersex status has influenced their gender identity may identify as intergender. Some intersex people think of their intersex status as belonging to the broader range of LGBTIQAP identities.

Not everyone who identifies as nonbinary is necessarily intersex, and instead may be dyadic (not intersex). Other common terms for "not intersex" are perisex[3][4] and endosex.[5][6]

Intersex was one of the 56 genders made available on Facebook in 2014.[7]


Dyadism is a common kind of sexism, the belief that humans are strictly dyadic, having only two sexes. In action, 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 against intersex people. Dyadism is also the basis of other forms of sexism, including binarism, the belief that people have only two genders.

Because of dyadism, doctors think of intersex conditions as an irregularity. As a result, intersex people were given so-called "normalizing" or "corrective" surgeries, often at a very young age, and without their consent.

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  2. "Free & Equal Campaign Fact Sheet: Intersex" (PDF). United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. Lanquist, L.A. "Definitions". Trans Narrative. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. "What tf is perisex". Correcting Bisexuality Definitions One at a Time. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  5. "What is intersex?". Intersex Human Rights Australia. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez (12 December 2019). "Biological and Anatomical Sex: Endosex, Intersex & Altersex". Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  7. Eve Shapiro, Gender circuits: Bodies and identities in a technological age. Unpaged.