How can I be supportive of intersex family members, friends, or significant others?

Educate yourself about the specific intersex condition the person has.

Be aware of your own attitudes about issues of sex, gender, and disability.

Learn how to talk about issues of sex and sexuality in an age-appropriate manner.

Remember that most persons with intersex conditions are happy with the sex to which they have been assigned. Do not assume that gender-atypical behavior by an intersexperson reflects an incorrect sex assignment.

Work to ensure that people with intersex conditions are not teased, harassed, or subjected to discrimination.

Get support, if necessary, to help deal with your feelings. Intersex persons and their families, friends, and partners often benefit from talking with mental health professionals about their feelings concerning intersex conditions and their implications.

Consider attending support groups, which are available in many areas for intersex

persons and their families, friends, and partners you know.

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