Over the past 100 years, society has evolved slowly in terms of inclusion and acceptance of those deemed to be ‘different’. Unfortunately, it still has a long way to go, especially when it comes to its definitions of sex. Currently, the official definition of gender in most countries stands at two: male or female. However, ever-progressive Germany has recently included a ‘third sex option’ on their birth certificates. And now for the first time ever, The Independent on Sunday is including intersex people in the Rainbow List. So what do we mean by intersex people?
The Intersex Society of North America (which is now no longer in service) defined “intersex” as a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a human is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that is neither female or male. For example, a person might be born with the parts of a man on the outside but also have a womb and female parts on the inside. Or vice versa. A person may also be born with mosaic genetics so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.
The truth is, as Sarah Graham, a comedian and also an intersex person told the Independent on Sunday: “Nature produces the person on a spectrum; a continuum of possibilities.”
According to the statistics, 1 in 1,500 babies is born visibly intersex while many more are born not so obviously unique and interesting to the eye. However, despite obviously existing, intersex people have virtually no official recognition and in Britain, shockingly, they have no Human Rights to exist. They must choose a sex at birth, despite being both. And this is not only unfair, it is also confusing and misleading.