If you have questions about what it means to be intersex, you’re not alone.
Intersex conditions have been around since the beginning of time. But they've been shrouded in secrecy and misunderstanding, leaving a lot of us in the dark.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has provided an easy-to-read Q&A that explains some of the most common intersex conditions, also known as differences or disorders of sex development (DSD). It also gives answers to frequently asked questions, such as what happens when a baby is born with an intersex condition.
APA Task Force on Gender Identity, Gender Variance, and Intersex Conditions (2006). Answers to your questions about individuals with intersex conditions [Pamphlet]. American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/intersex.pdf
DSD research. (n.d.). Accord Alliance. http://www.accordalliance.org/resources/dsd-research/
DeeWho is Dee?
Gender Identity Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.
Gender Expression How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.
Attraction How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.
Biological Sex Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.
Want to learn more about the different kinds of intersex conditions/DSDs? The Accord Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving the care of people affected by DSDs, has compiled more than fifty research papers that you can access here.