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For the scientific community, gender is usually associated with one’s sex and therefore the presence of X and Y chromosomes. However, XX and XY chromosomes are not that simple. There are cases where neither sex organs nor the presence of sex chromosomes dictate sex.
We need high quality research that addresses the needs and circumstances of people with innate variations of sex characteristics, and we favour community-based participatory research that recognises and responds to those distinct concerns. The following principles set out our policy and guidance on studying this population.
Sex Redefined: The Idea of 2 Sexes Is Overly Simplistic. Biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male
The transformation of concepts ("man" / "woman") with a purely social significance into biological and medical terms only succeeds in conveying prejudices and stereotypes within the specific scientific objects, while the further the research progresses, the clearer their inappropriateness becomes.
To be our ally: Be clear in your language and frame of reference. Intersex is about sex characteristics. It is distinct from legal sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, and not contained within LGBT...