Gay & Lesbian Services of Western New York

Intersex

Intersex refers to a series of medical conditions in which a child’s genetic sex (chromosomes) and phenotypic sex (genital appearance) do not match, or are somehow different from the “standard” male or female.  About one in 2,000 babies are born visibly intersexed, while some others are detected later.  (The current medical protocol calls for the surgical “reconstruction” of these different healthy bodies to make them “normal,” but this practice has become increasingly controversial as adults who went through the treatment reported being physically, emotionally, and sexually harmed by such procedures.)

Intersex youth:  We welcome your feedback about all aspects of this page.  In our effort to provide information we may use terms that are hurtful, list sites that are not appropriate, or in some other way lessen the usefulness of this page.  Please send us your feedback and suggestions.

There are few resources available for intersex youth.  Some of the sites listed below may not be youth sites but they contain information that will be helpful to intersex youth.

By clicking on any of the website links listed below, you will be leaving the GLYS website.  Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, Inc., is not responsible for the graphics and/or content on these links or resource pages.

Intersexual Society of North America
Intersexual Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.
www.isna.org

Intersex Initiative
Intersex Initiative (IPDX) is a Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions.
www.intersexinitiative.org

Intersex Peer Support- Bodies Like Ours
Bodies Like Ours seeks to end the shame and secrecy for people born intersex through community and peer support.
www.bodieslikeours.org/home

Queer Bodies Dot Org
A youth outreach project of bodieslikeours.org
www.queerbodies.org

M/F … or I? Sex and Intersex
www.transgender.org/transcend/guide/sec119.htm
Article from the Transcent-Resource Guide

“XXXY”- A short online video about intersex individuals
February 2005
www.planetout.com/popcornq/getfilm.html?63816

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