Statement by Heather Nauert In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

Office of the Spokesperson


October 26, 2017

In Recognition of Intersex Awareness Day

In recognition of Intersex Awareness Day, the United States stands in solidarity with intersex persons and their advocates around the world.

We recognize that intersex persons face violence, discrimination, harassment, and persecution on account of their sex characteristics.  At a young age, intersex persons routinely face forced medical surgeries without free or informed consent. These interventions jeopardize their physical integrity and ability to live freely.

On Intersex Awareness Day, we reaffirm our strong commitment to promoting a world where all persons can freely and equally express themselves with dignity, regardless of sex characteristics. When those most marginalized in society are afforded equal protection and opportunity, global security and stability are strengthened.  Increased recognition, understanding and awareness of intersex persons and their human rights strengthens democracy for all.