'What It's Like To Be Intersex' Explains And Clarifies Intersex Identity (VIDEO)

03/31/2015 01:52 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

If you have ever been confused about what it means to be intersex, this video is one of the most accessible explanations of this identity that we've ever seen.

From Buzzfeed Yellow comes "What It's Like To Be Intersex," a compassionate and nuanced examination of the many layers of intersex identity. Intersex often tends to be confused with identifying as transgender but, as one participant puts it, "transgender has to do with your gender identity, while intersex has to do with biological characteristics."

Essentially, intersex means that the chromosomes one is born with don't necessarily correspond with traditional understandings of a male/female binary. For this reason, intersex people often face invasive "normalizing" surgeries from doctors who try to make their physical characteristics align with being either "male" or "female."

In fact, about 1 in every 2,000 people are born intersex. Check out the video above to learn more.

(h/t Mic)

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