Sarah Anderson - 08/11/2020, 11:53
Intersex people are born with sex characteristics, chromosomes and genitals, which "do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies" and as such often are made to undergo sex assignment at birth, including painful operations to alter sex organs. This can lead to physical, mental and emotional difficulties as they are expected to align to the gender assigned to them, generally without having the chance to give their own views. Coupled with this they often face stigma and discrimination due to misunderstanding and prejudice so we would call for people to add the Intersex flag to their social media and speak out against the prejudice and abuse Intersex people receive.
Drew, 25, from Scotland said: "I was a teenager when I first heard the word intersex, though at that point it was not called intersex. I needed medical treatment and the hospital informed me, thinking I already knew. I had an operation as a child so I didnt know until that point. It's a lot to take to know that your body has been altered and you didnt know and werent told solely because you were "different". Even now places view being intersex as a disorder. Its not a disorder. Forming relationships has been difficult as every new relationship you have to explain and you're typically judged or not understood. Obviously this impacts on my mental health. I loved playing sports as a kid but I dont play them anymore because people say i'm taking places from "real girls". Things can get better though. The more people are educated, the more our voices are heard, the more we are just viewed as normal like everyone else will help things get better. Share our voices, share our flag, use the hashtags, be our friends helps us. Science understands that there's more than 2 sexes and far more than 2 genders so hopefully society will too soon."
Intersex Memorial Day / Intersex Day of Solidarity is on the 8th November, the birthday of Herculine Barbin who was a famous French Intersex person. The day calls for a day of solidarity and ally-ship for all Intersex people.
The same student workers who were refused furlough back in March have now been let go by the university, and were only informed of this by email.
This year is tough, no one is going to debate that.