Intersex is the term used by most International activists who work on Human Rights aspects.
Human rights activist Miriam van der Have states "Intersex variations are not an abnormality or disease.
For me intersex refers to the lived experience of the socio-cultural consequences of being born with a body that does not fit within the normative definitions of "man" and "woman." In short, it is about our experiences and not a medical diagnosis." Some activists also use ‘variations of sex characteristics’, aiming to include ‘sex characteristics’ as a category in national and international Human Rights protections.
The term ‘DSD’ (Disorders of Sex Development) is instead used in most medical contexts, and was coined in 2006 by a small group of activists, academics and doctors at the Chicago Consensus Convention.
Speaking about living as an intersex woman, Hanne told Vogue: “Doctors think they have to ‘normalise’ the baby."It was important for me to make this declaration now, based on where I am in my life."I want to live authentically as who I am and help to break down the stigma that intersex persons face - but also to use the profile that I’ve built through modeling to give back to those without a voice."I want to be there for people who are struggling, to tell them it’s OK - it’s one part of you, but it’s not who you are.”The NHS, here in Britain, is the first health service in the world to begin treating intersex babies on the assumption that they should not automatically be operated on.
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Although nearly 2% of the world’s population are intersex, according to Inter ACT, not much is known about the condition.
Gender testing was introduced at the 1966 European Track and Field Championships and first used at the Olympics during the 1968 Mexico City games.
International Olympic Committee regulations require all athletes to compete under their gender at birth.