What is intersex?

Intersex is an umbrella term for differences in sex traits or reproductive anatomy. People are born with these differences or develop them at a young age. Genitalia, hormones, internal anatomy, or chromosomes can develop in many ways.

The problem is, children’s bodies are often changed for them because of shame and stigma. This includes surgeries to create a vagina, reduce a clitoris, move a urethra, or remove testes. Most surgeries happen before the age of two. We’ve worked with many of the world’s top human rights organizations. All agree: surgeries to change sex traits must be the individual’s choice.

That’s why interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies to advocate for the human rights of children born with differences in their genitals, chromosomes, hormones, and reproductive anatomy.

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interACT Programs Drive Progress on Intersex Issues

We work for progress with three core programs: