Gender isn’t always male or female, transgender or cisgender, or even genderqueer or agender.Unfortunately, Intersex people often get left out of the conversation, partly because people just don’t understand it.
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M kept up his requests to be a boy, first at gymnastics class, then at the family’s Jewish temple and at school.
His parents helped as M told the world step-by-step what he had known all along.
Thanks to the work of groups such as Inter/Act Youth, a group for young adults with intersex traits, and the now-defunct Intersex Society of North America, intersex people and the issues they face are being called into the attention of mainstream society.
To clarify what everyone needs to know about the intersex community, we spoke with Emily Quinn, the Youth Coordinator at Inter/Act Youth, and Ilene Wong Gregorio, the VP of Development at We Need Diverse Books and the author of , a fiction young adult book with an intersex protagonist.
Now, the veteran of the runway and city sidewalks is revealing a more intimate piece of herself: Odiele is intersex.“It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo,” says the 29-year-old supermodel from Kortrijk, Belgium, in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY.“At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly all right to talk about this,” says Odiele, one of the first high-profile people to disclose her intersex status and share her story.