Intersex Awareness Day – 26 October 2023


Intersex Awareness Day is observed internationally on 26 October, the anniversary of the first demonstration by intersex advocates at the 1996 annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Intersex Awareness Day was first observed in Australia in 2004.

Intersex is an umbrella term that refers to individuals who have anatomical, chromosomal and hormonal characteristics that differ from medical and conventional understandings of male and female bodies. There are at least 40 different variations that may be apparent at different life stages or may remain unknown to the individual and their medical practitioners.

Intersex Awareness Day is a day to celebrate intersex people and an opportunity to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people, particularly in relation to physical autonomy and self-determination.

More information on intersex inclusion and how to be an intersex ally is available here.

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