Intersex is an umbrella term to refer to people with variations in their reproductive and sexual anatomy that differ from what’s traditionally male or female. Intersex births make up approximately 1 out of every 1,500 new births. Since the 1960’s, many doctors have performed medically unnecessary gender reassignment surgery on intersex youth; this process is a form of involuntary genital mutilation. Intersex youth are subjected to these invasive medical procedures without their informed consent. The unnecessary and non-consensual procedures often result in permanent sterilization, contributing to lifelong emotional trauma in many instances.
This is why it is vital that we protect intersex rights in the state of Iowa. Iowa Safe Schools has been working with the Iowa Legislature to pass legislation allowing intersex individuals to determine their own future.