Intersex

Deakin University recognises the diversity in sex characteristics and bodies. Any staff or student with an intersex variation, including those who have experienced involuntary or coercive medical intervention, or any parent of a child with an intersex variation should not feel they are alone. We support the work of Intersex Human Rights Australia to create a society where intersex bodies are not stigmatised and the rights of people with intersex variations are recognised.

What is intersex?

Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that don't completely fit the medical norms for female or male bodies. Many forms of intersex variations exist; it is a spectrum rather than a single category. At least 30 or 40 different variations are known to science.

How common are intersex people?

The lowest popular statistic is that around 1 in 2,000 people (.05% of births) are born with an intersex variation. Due to the great range in physical impacts and low rates of diagnosis for some variations, this figure is more likely to be closer to 1.7%. This makes intersex variations about as common as red hair.

Intersex resources

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