What is Intersex?
Intersex is general term used for natural bodily variations in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. Some forms of intersex also naturally occurs after birth and later in life, however these are all naturally occurring bodily variations. In humans, it is a variation in sex characteristics, including chromosomes, hormones, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female.
Just like anyone else, an intersex person can have any gender, sexual orientation, or gender expression. The “rules” of the heteronormative binary, male and female, often do not work for intersex people. Since intersex is a way to describe a person’s biological sex, it should not be confused as gender identity , or with transgender gender identity issues.
Dyadic: A word used to describe someone who is not born intersex. Dyadic people are born with sex characteristics which could be categorized them either as typical female or typical male. Dyadic people can have any gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression.
Note: In the past, and in some countries, the term “hermaphrodite” is used to describe people born intersex. Depending on the country or the person, this can be considered offensive. Always ask to make sure it is ok to use the word hermaphrodite. Please always ask if it is ok to say in your country. Some accept it, and some do not now.
To learn about some of the worse human rights violations known to this planet, please visit the United Nations Intersex Fact Sheet PDF.
What is Intergender?
Intergender is a gender identity that is considered a non binary term. Some feel it fits under the transgender umbrella terms. Intergender people have a gender identity that is in the middle between the binary genders of female and male, or lies on that spectrum between the binary genders of female and male. Some inter gender people may be a mix of both.
Note: The word “intergender” has been independently coined by different people at different times, resulting in two main differences in meaning:
1. Some believe that this term, intergender, is an identity label that any person can use. Even if they are not intersex (dyadic) themselves, they can declare themselves intergender.
2. Others believe that “intergender” can only be used by people who are intersex, and that intergender is an identity only for intersex people. Some believe that intersex people need words for their gender identities that correlate only with intersex bodies. These people feel that in this case, dyadic nonbinary people should respect intersex people, by taking up a different non-binary label than intergender for themselves. It might be more respectful if they used androgyne, bigender, gender fluid or queer to describe themselves instead.
I personally believe that the Self-Determination of gender is the right of any person. I believe any person has the right to declare themselves “intergender”. However, only a naturally born intersex person, should declare themselves born “intersex”.
The Gender expression of an Intergender person:
Some intergender people see it as solely a matter of gender identity, and therefore do not feel they have to dress in a particular kind of gender expression. They may even be satisfied with an appearance that fits within the gender binary, and conform to societies expectations of how a typical female and typical male dresses; even though their gender identity does not conform to binary notions. However, other intergender people will dress androgynous and have a gender expression that is a mixture of both typical male and female. They may or may not, express their intergender identity through their personality or activities such as crossdressing or “interdressing”. They may or may not the intentions of being seen as any particular gender.
The Assignment of Sex VS The Assignment of Gender
Sex Assignment is done surgically and with the use of hormones, and requires a physician and surgeon. Gender assignment is declaring one’s gender identity, and is a feeling within oneself. Much like their personality, and does not require surgery or hormones to declare.
Note: Some people legally change their gender now, depending on the laws of their government, and do not ever feel they have to undergo sex assignment surgeries.
Intersex Transexual do exist, however they were born Dyadic NOT Intersex.
Transitioning to appearing “Intersex”
Some non binary people, who were born dyadic, have described their transition as one that will make their body more “intersex”, and call themselves female-to-intersex or male-to-intersex transsexuals. Through surgical assignment, or with the aid of hormones, some intergender, or non binary people wish to transition to a body that has traits in between female and male, or wish it to be more like a naturally born intersex body. These dyadic people may call themselves female to intersex, or male to intersex transsexuals, or female to intersex, or male to intersex transgender.
This type of person starts out as a dyadic person. They were NOT born biologically as intersex. They had surgical or hormonal interventions to create “intersex” with the help of a surgeon or physician. They often do these surgeries, so that their bodies can match their mind. This type of person, I feel, does not have the right to claim they were born intersex. They are simply a transexual, or transgender person, who has transitioned to appearing intersex.
If you are confused about certain definitions used, please visit my pages: LGBTQIA+ Definitions and Human Sexuality.
Here is my autobiography: About Mx. Anunnaki Ray