|“Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all. According to experts, between 0.05% and 1.7% of the population is born with intersex traits”.
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“Being intersex, I would bluntly say, it’s not easy,” says Mphatso Sakala.
Mphatso is one of the up to 1.7 percent of people born intersex – or people born with sex characteristics that do not fit the typical definitions of being male or female.