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An umbrella term that describes a person with reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or a chromosome pattern that does not fit typical binary notions of a male or female body. These variations are also sometimes referred to as differences of sex development (DSD). There is a growing movement worldwide to stop harmful and medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex babies. Intersex individuals may shift along the sex spectrum during different life stages such as puberty. The existence of intersex people shows that there are more than just two sexes, and the lines between sexes can be blurry. Avoid the outdated and derogatory term “hermaphrodite.” Some people who are intersex may identify with the gender assigned to them at birth, while many others do not. While some people may be intersex and also identify as transgender, these two concepts are not the same thing.

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