Get To Know The “I” In LGBTQI – Are You Familiar With The Term “Intersex”?

If you think that it is a type of sexual preference, you’re wrong.

The term actually describes a person who is born with a combination of male and female biological characteristics. This could either be chromosomes or genitals that can make doctors and parents unable to assign their gender as male or female.

Back in 2017, Belgian supermodel, Hanne Gaby Odiele revealed to the world that she is intersex. She stated, “I will never know how it is to have a period or have a baby. But I also don’t stand up peeing! I don’t have a penis! I am intersex, but I am much more female. I am not facing a biological clock – I have no clock!”

It’s a natural occurrence

Being intersex is a naturally occurring variation in humans, and isn’t a medical condition. It’s also more common than most people realize, although a lot of us are still not familiar with the existence of these individuals in our community. They’re sometimes known as Hermaphrodites or in other words, “khunsa”.

In most cases, an individual will be born with a small penis (either on a boy or a girl) with a larger than usual clitoris. Another condition is where a person may appear to own a scrotum that is divided, that looks like a labia which does not have a vaginal opening.

Usually, intersex people are identified at birth based on the appearance of their genitalia, however, there are others who only discover the truth of their gender when puberty hits (sadly, some might not even experience puberty). Meanwhile, the rest of them will grow old without ever learning about their condition.

There’s nothing to be ashamed of

Inter-sexuality occurs about 1 in every 2,000 births, which means that people who are intersex are unique and special. They should not be shunned by society for being intersexual, let alone be punished for something that is beyond their control. 

I mean, this isn’t the 50’s anymore! We know better than to discriminate. Let’s do our part by understanding and respecting individuals who are intersex.