Intersex individuals are socially barely visible worldwide, since intersex is still a strong taboo. For fear of stigmatisation and social exclusion, many inter* individuals do not come out. If it becomes known, in rare cases, they are not only exposed to verbal and structural discrimination, but also experience physical violence and lifethreatening situations.
With the present study the Heinrich Böll Stiftung names the largely invisible discrimination against intersex individuals and, in doing so, brings it to light. We offer a first overview of the life situations of intersex individuals from 12 selected countries in various regions of the world. Our stated aim was – and is – that inter* individuals may describe their situations and their needs themselves.
Table of contents:
10 Definition of inter*, intersex
11 The aim and time frame of the preliminary study
17 Summary of findings
30 Recommendations for action for international actors
31 A description of countries