ADDED ON: 11/08/2018

Intersex Day of Remembrance: What issues do intersex people face?

11/08/2018 | Gay Times

It marks the birthday of Herculine Barban, a French intersex person who lived from 1838 to 1868. Her memoirs, combined with additional research, were published by Michel Foucault in the 1970s as Herculine Barbin: Being the Recently Discovered Memoirs of a Nineteenth-century French Hermaphrodite. An intersex person does not fit the typical definition of male or female. They may have variations in their chromosomes, genitals or internal organs like testes or ovaries. Many intersex people chose to identify as male or female. Others describe themselves as intersex, or use the broader term queer. Worldwide, roughly the same proportion of people are born intersex as have red hair. Intersex Day of Remembrance shines a spotlight on the unnecessary medical operations intersex people have been subjected to, as well as the other issues they face.


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