Terms for the topic
Diagnostic sex determination
Sex role identity
Sexual disorders in children
Sex differentiation disorders
*Less commonly used today, generally considered offensive
Intersex is a term that is used to refer to people whose chromosomes or genitals at birth do not conform to standard understandings of male or female sex. Formerly known as hermaphroditism (which is now considered an outdated and offensive term for people), intersex is often understood under medical lenses: infants with ambiguous genitals may be surgically "corrected" to conform to a particular sex, while other people may not know they have atypical sex chromosomes because their sex conforms to general expectations. Whether intersex is an identity or a set of intersex disorders—also known as disorders of sex development—that a person may be living with is a point of contention. Intersex people may be raised with a particular gender identity and may identify with another later in life; others may have gender identities that fall somewhere between or outside of man or woman. This guide is intended to provide an introduction to research in intersex conditions and intersex identity and its relationship to other members of a queer community.
Intersex Pride Flag, developed and released to the public domain by the Organization International Intersex Australia. Compared to other flags in this guide, this flag is much less widespread.