PFLAG Recognition: Intersex Is Next,
J. Caleb Mozzocco, Columbus Alive
If you've never heard the word "intersex" before, now might be a good time to start listening. The Intersex Society of North America estimates that 1 in 2,000 people are born intersexed, meaning they are born with "sex chromosomes, genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that are neither clearly male nor clearly female." The emerging intersex movement has targeted the medical community for its arrogance and naiveté regarding intersexuality, particularly surgeons who perform drastic and harmful operations on intersex newborns to "make" them either a boy or girl; surgeries that are often done immediately and leave little time for parents to learn about their options, and can cause serious health problems for the child later on. Recently the national group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) announced that it will welcome intersexed individuals and their supporters to join PFLAG, and help to end harmful genital surgeries and stop the shame and secrecy surrounding intersexuality.