Female? Male? Intersex? Let's keep an open mind.


The Ministry for Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region has launched an awareness campaign to inform about intersex and fight against discrimination that intersex people may experience. This campaign is part of the actions provided for in the plan d'action national pour la promotion des droits des personnes lesbiennes, gays, bisexuelles, transgenres et intersexes. (national action plan for the promotion of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people).

Intersex people are born with biological characteristics that do not match the social or medical norm of so-called "male" or "female" bodies. These are natural variations of the body. These variations may relate to chromosomal, hormonal, anatomical or reproductive organ characteristics.

Intersex can appear before birth, at birth, at puberty, or in adulthood. Some people don't realize they're intersex in their lifetime.

Like women and men, intersex people have always been part of our society. Since their bodies are often considered different from the norm of so-called "female" or "male" bodies, intersex children, youth and adults sometimes experience discrimination and violations of their human rights.

Intersex is not to be confused with a person's gender identity or sexual orientation.

The campaign includes this website, a poster in French and German and a leaflet for parents of an intersex child, also in French and German. The posters and leaflets can be downloaded or ordered by e-mail  (secretariatsolidarite@fm.etat.lu) or download them.

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