How to teach about intersex identities and DSD (differences in sex development)

Jen WattsUncategorized

We are often asked for resources on how to be inclusive of intersex identities and DSD (differences in sex development) in the classroom.

Firstly, we would encourage everyone to see gender as a huge spectrum and not just as male and female (the binary). We know this is not biologically true and it is certainly not true in terms of identity. Therefore breaking the binary in your daily life through the language you use, the way you line up and address pupils, to how and what you teach in your own classroom is essential.

There is a wonderful pupil friendly introductory film called What it's like to be intersex which can be used effectively in tutor times, assemblies and lessons.

Resources can also be found on the MINUS 18 website and intersex brochures containing valuable information can be found on the InterACT website.

Anick Soni tells their journey in Meet Anick - Born intersex

We would wish Relationships Education in primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools to be inclusive of intersex bodies and identities; this is because each classroom will statistically contain an intersex young person who will be in desperate need of validation and representation.

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