Symbols

Articles about intersex-related symbols and icons. For an introduction to these issues, see our page on the intersex flag

Intersex flag

10 years of the intersex flag!

Ten years ago today, this web post publicly introduced the intersex flag to the world for the first time. The design by Morgan Carpenter incorporated colours in yellow and purple, unassociated with gender. It contains a circle “unbroken and unornamented” to symbolise “wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities“. Moving away from the trend towards striped…
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IDAHOBIT Day 2023

It is telling that when we open emails about IDAHOBIT day we see a variety of interpretations of the name. As a day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, we see a variety of other terms tacked on the end. Words like ‘interphobia’, ‘intersexphobia’, ‘intersexism’, or intersex discrimination get thrown around, if intersex is acknowledged at all….
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IDAHOBIT Day 2022

A short reflection on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia and what it means to people with innate variations of sex characteristics in 2022.

Phall-O-Meter

The “Phall-O-Meter”

The Phall-O-Meter is a satirical representation of the way that clinicians have historically determined whether visibly intersex children should be assigned female (and subjected to feminising surgeries) or assigned male (and subjected to masculinising surgeries).

circle flag on a flagpole

An intersex flag

We have struggled with symbols used to denote intersex people, so Morgan created one that is free for the world to use.

OII Australia logotype

Our logo

We have been asked to explain why our logo looks the way it does and to justify apparently controversial design choices like setting it in lower case instead of upper case.