When the Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele came out as intersex to Vogue in 2017, she broke barriers for the public’s understanding of intersex variations, of which there about 30 manifesting in a person's chromosomes, genitals or reproductive anatomy. Odiele’s announcement followed years of breakthroughs by the global intersex movement.
Today, intersex people are often included in the extended version of the initials LGBTQIA, and our flag is now included in an updated version of the Pride flag designed by an intersex activist. Nevertheless, intersex people still face discrimination and misunderstanding, sometimes even within the LGBTQ community, and the experiences of intersex people—those whose reproductive or sexual anatomy doesn't tick off the male or female boxes—are still kept private in most cases.
But being intersex isn