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Intersex Awareness Day

Intersex Awareness Day on Friday 26 October is an international day of grass-roots action to raise awareness, end shame, secrecy and unwanted surgeries and medical interventions on intersex children. The day also provides an opportunity for reflection and political action.
Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of people born with variations of sex characteristics that doesn’t fit typical definitions of male or female bodies.
Being intersex is a naturally occurring variation. For some people intersex traits are visible at birth while for others they might not know they’re intersex until later in life, like when they go through puberty. Sometimes a person can live their whole life without ever knowing that they’re intersex.
Internationally it has become common practice to subject intersex children to unnecessary surgical and other procedures to try to make their appearance conform to binary sex stereotypes. These often-harmful medical procedures are regularly performed without the informed consent of the person concerned. In Aotearoa we do not support these unconsented medical interventions and are more focused towards supporting young people and their whānau to connect to support networks where they can make informed choices about their bodies.

Being intersex relates to biological sex characteristics and is distinct from a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. There is a big difference between intersex and transgender, but some intersex people do identify as transgender.

Around 1.7% of people across the world are intersex, this is the same as the number of people with red hair. That is over 75 million people across the world or 15 times the population of Aotearoa.
Intersex Trust of Aotearoa New Zealand ITANZ and their project group Intersex Youth Aotearoa are working to further enhance the communities understanding of intersex people and improve the health and well-being for intersex people across Aotearoa.
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