UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights fact sheet on being Intersex

OHCHR has just launched a first fact sheet on intersex, as part of the Free & Equal campaign. The document details the human rights violations and health issues faced by intersex people, and action points for UN member states and civil society. 

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. According to experts, between 0.05% and 1.7% of the population is born with intersex traits – the upper estimate is similar to the number of red haired people.

Being intersex relates to biological sex characteristics, and is distinct from a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. An intersex person may be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and may identify as female, male, both or neither. Access the factsheet here