What is the difference between Intersexuality and GD? Do these individuals identify with both genders, or the opposite gender, or does it vary?
By -- Mar 16, 2022
As you probably suspect, there is some overlap between GD and intersexuality. However, the term intersexuality generally is reserved for those individuals who are born with genital malformations caused by XX/XY chromosomal irregularities . It has long been standard practice (a practice now being seriously questioned) to assign these children as either male or female depending on how easily it would be to surgically modify the genitals into looking "normal". It is has only recently been shown to be an unreliable indicator as to how these individuals understand their sense of being male or female when they get old enough to say something about it. (see Intersex Society of North America) So in a way some intersexuals experience GD. The term GD is usually used to refer to individuals whose genitalia appear normal at birth--assigned accordingly--but go on to experience extreme discomfort with their assigned sex as their life progresses.