Refers to individuals born with ambiguous genitalia or bodies that appear neither typically male nor female, often arising from chromosomal anomalies or ambiguous genitalia. Medical professionals often assign a gender
to the individual and proceeded to perform surgeries to ‘align’ their physical appearance with typical male or female sex
characteristics beginning in infancy and often continuing into adolescence, before a child is able to give informed consent. The Intersex
Society of North America opposes this practice of genital mutilation on infants and children. Formerly the medical terms hermaphrodite
were used; these terms are now considered neither acceptable nor scientifically accurate.