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Intersex

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not meet medical or social norms of what it is to have a female body or a male body. Around the world, intersex people are oftentimes forced to undergo irreversible surgeries in infancy and early childhood to make their bodies appear more male or female. Doctors who perform the cosmetic surgeries decide whether to make their bodies appear more male or female, and sometimes the intersex person's inner sense of self will not match.

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Meet Morgan: an intersex activist from Australia. Morgan is fighting to stop forced medical interventions for intersex infants and children around the world.

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Malta

A global leader in intersex human rights

USA

Non-discrimination protections in healthcare, but no protections from forced gender assignment surgeries

More About Malta

The small island country has the most advanced protections of the intersex community in the world.

Maltese law bans the performance of non-vital gender assignment surgeries on intersex children before they're old enough to consent to the procedure – a global first.

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Participants at the third International Intersex Forum, Malta, in December 2013. 

Photo by Organisation Intersex International Australia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

More About USA

No laws ban the performance of non-vital gender assignment surgeries on intersex children before they're old enough to consent to the procedure.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement explaining the prohibition of "discrimination on the basis of intersex traits or atypical sex characteristics" in publicly-funded healthcare.

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American Intersex activists at the Arcus Forum.

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