Intersex Rights

7 October 2015

Infants born with atypical sex characteristics such as part or both male and female genitals (intersex) are often subject to unnecessary surgery. Cosmetic genital surgery has lifelong impacts including pain, scarring, lost sexual sensation and sterilisation as well as problems if the child’s later identity differs from their surgically assigned sex, with many adults dissatisfied with surgery outcomes. I asked the health minister to review the practice and support reforms for informed consent in line with human rights groups’ calls. My letter is HERE