Wait, there are more than two genders?

Today is Intersex Awareness Day.

Every human being is born with an individual gender development. For a certain group of people, however, this results in a special position. It is estimated that up to 120,000 people in Germany live with a variant of gender development. These people are born with physical characteristics between the common categories of male and female or are a mixture of both. The attribution to a gender is made by the chromosomes, the external and internal sexual organs or the hormone level.

Some intersex people identify with one of the binary genders. Others don’t. If unsure about someone’s pronouns, you can introduce yourself with your own pronouns. Or just kindly and respectfully ask.