Intersex Health

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 term intersex was first used by science in the early 20th century; historically, the term “hermaphrodite” was used.
 
Intersex is always congenital and can originate from genetic, chromosomal or hormonal variations. Environmental influences such as endocrine disruptors can also play a role in some intersex differences. The term is not applicable to situations where individuals deliberately alter their own anatomical characteristics.
 
Intersex is not about sexual orientation; There are as diverse a range of sexual orientations as non-intersex people. Intersex is not about gender identity; there are as diverse a range of gender identities as non-intersex people. Intersex is primarily about the body, although intersex people may have an identity that is contingent on our body’s sexual characteristics.
 
Although figures vary, intersex people represent a significant percentage of the population.
 
During 2013 QuAC engaged in consultation with the LGBT and Intersex communities about changing our constitution to include intersex Queenslanders in our objects. QuAC’s members unanimously endorsed the proposal at its 2013 AGM.
 
QuAC has intersex service users and members, and is currently working to ensure that all of our programs are inclusive of intersex Queenslanders. QuAC’s Intersex Health programs are led by Parker Forbes, Manager Healthy Communities Programs, who can be contacted on 07 3017 1777 or pforbes@quac.org.au 
 
You can also find out more information about intersex health and rights at www.oii.org.au
 
With acknowledgements to Organisation Intersex International Australia