Sex characteristics are more varied than most people are aware.

Intersex explained in new resources

Mel Smith
Country Organiser

Three new resources to explain intersex have been produced by Organisation Intersex International Australia and AIDS Council of NSW.

Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male.

The newly released resources are aimed to address a lack of awareness of intersex-related matters. They provide general information on intersex issues, empower services to provide appropriate and sensitive care to intersex clients, and provide information and referrals to help parents of intersex children.

  • Intersex for Allies introduces intersex issues to a broad audience.
  • Making Your Service Intersex Friendly is a guide to help service providers build intersex-inclusive practice.
  • Your Beautiful Child: A Guide For Parents hopes to reassure and help new parents (and potential parents) to welcome the birth of a child with atypical physical sex characteristics.

The resources are available online from Organisation Intersex International Australia and in print from AIDS Council of NSW.

Organisation Intersex International Australia president Morgan Carpenter said: “We are delighted to welcome these beautiful and timely resources to introduce intersex to people who are unfamiliar with intersex issues and help build a deeper understanding for people who know the basics.”

Mel Smith is the Officer attached to GLBTI issues.