Intersex Awareness Day 2016

October 26th, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of the first time intersex individuals gathered to protest the brutalizing and traumatic genital surgeries performed on their bodies without their consent.

IAD Resolution


In recognition of this historic 20th anniversary, now referred to as Intersex Awareness Day, interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth joins together with the signatories of the attached resolution, including over twenty international intersex-led organizations, calling for intersex people to have control over their medical decisions, to be free from medically unnecessary interventions, and to have access to psychological and peer support.

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Resolución En Español

United Nations for Intersex Awareness

The United Nations is calling on governments and parents to protect intersex children from harm. They have launched a campaign that features interACT staff, board and youth members.

Visit the United Nations Intersex Awareness Campaign

U.S. Department of State
In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

Intersex Awareness Day, the United States stands in solidarity with intersex persons around the world.


We recognize that intersex persons face violence, discrimination, stigma, harassment, and persecution on account of their sex characteristics, which do not fit binary notions of typical male or female bodies.


Intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries that are conducted at a young age without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live free.

Read the Statement

Logo Global Ally

Logo’s Global Ally campaign invited interACT to participate in the creation of an intersex page for their website. One of our interACT youth members, Axel Keeting, was featured in a video explaining intersex issues.

Visit the Global Ally Intersex Page

Celebrating Our Intersex Youth

One of interACT’s most effective tools in the fight to protect intersex children has become our youth program. We empower and engage our youth to raise intersex awareness while helping them to develop leadership and advocacy skills.

interACT Youth Member Spotlight
interACT Youth Member Spotlight
interACT Youth Member Spotlight
interACT Youth Member Spotlight
interACT Youth Member Spotlight
interACT Youth Member Spotlight

We Are Here: Intersex Youth
an Intersex Awareness Day Video by IGLYO

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth & Student Organization (IGLYO) created a video for Intersex Awareness Day.  This video features Five young intersex individuals, including interACT Youth Coordinator Emily Quinn, speaking about their own experiences to increase the visibility of intersex youth and reduce isolation by reaching out to others on Intersex Awareness Day 2016.

IGLYO is working towards a world where young people are able to express and define their own sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and sex characteristics without discrimination, violence or hatred.  IGLYO is a pan-European network, working with over 95 LGBTQI youth and student organizations.

The video was commissioned by IGLYO, in partnership with OII Europe and interACT.

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Intersex Awareness Day Resources

interACT has compiled a few resources that are helpful for learning about being intersex. Please share these resources!

The Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network, in collaboration with our interACT Youth Program, published a resource guide on How to Make Your GSA Intersex Friendly. This two-page guide lists five direct actions GSAs can take to become more Intersex friendly and provides supporting information and links to online resources to help them do so.

interACT worked with Buzzfeed to create the “What it’s like to be intersex” video, which now has over 3 million views. It is a great introductory video for learning about being intersex. The video features interACT Youth members and has been used in workshops and trainings across the globe including the United Nations.

The What We Wish Our Friends Knew brochure was created by interACT Youth members who wanted a resource to help their friends know that there is not ONE intersex experience. The brochure shares how to provide a safe space, respect the privacy and support the emotions of an intersex friend. Other intersex brochures can downloaded from this link as well.

Intersex Awareness Day Graphics

Please help us celebrate and spread awareness by downloading and sharing #IAD2016 graphics!

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