Intersex 2020

A Vision for the Future

The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin 19th - 20th November 2020

Intersex Research in Ireland

We are the Intersex Mapping Project at Dublin City University. Our Research is the first of its kind in Ireland.

Mapping the Lived Experience of Intersex/Variations of Sex Characteristics in Ireland: Contextualising Lay and Professional Knowledge to Enable Development of Appropriate Law and Policy

PI: Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile. School of Law and Government.

Co-PI: Prof Anthony Staines. School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health.

AI: Dr Mel Duffy. School of Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health.

PD: Dr Maria Feeney. School of Law and Government.

Our project is funded by the Irish Research Council IRC COALESCE 2019/156

Intersex 2020: A Vision for the Future.

19th & 20th November 2020.

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together a multiplicity of discourses about intersex/variations of sex characteristics in society. This conference continues on an important path that takes intersex out its historical confines in the medical space where babies, children, adults and their bodies have been problematised in the quest to “normalise” difference. Contemporary understandings of intersex/variations of sex characteristics demand more informed and multidisciplinary perspectives. This conference aims to provide an inclusive and diverse platform through which to listen and discuss intersex for the new decade.

Morgan Carpenter, Sara Phillips, Kitty Anderson.

The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland

Early Bird Registration Opens Soon

The Intersex Flag and our conference 'colours'

By Morgan Carpenter, 2013. Source:

"In 2013, I created a flag that has now travelled the world and is widespread within the intersex population.

At the time, I was concerned with inappropriate symbols and iconography used to describe intersex people, often accompanying stories about us – images that have no firm grounding or basis in the history of the intersex movement, or the history of how intersex people have been (and are) treated. I still share those concerns, so I’m glad that the flag offers a constructive and meaningful alternative way to represent intersex people.

The flag is comprised of a golden yellow field, with a purple circle emblem. The colours and circle don’t symbolise anything to do with gender. Instead the circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how want to be.

Intersex people are born with variations of physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical or social norms for female or male bodies. Intersex variations can be determined prenatally, at birth, at puberty, and at other times, such as when attempting to conceive a child.

Intersex people may have any sex assignment, sexual orientation or gender identity. People born with intersex variations face human rights violations before we have agency to freely express an identity. Sex assignment (if evident at birth) and unnecessary deferrable medical interventions are grounded in gender stereotypes and ideas about physical normality. Medical interventions are also intended to construct or reinforce heterosexual, cisgender identities."

Here at the Intersex Mapping Project, we recognise the important symbolism associated with the Intersex Flag. We have been inspired by this symbolism and colour theme for the design of our own study's logo - a yellow map of Ireland containing a purple circle. We also use this for our Twitter image. The purple-yellow Intersex colour theme is also used here throughout our website.

If you'd like to learn more about intersex, browse through our Resources Page

Read our News Page and check out our 'Book of the Month' Feel free to complete a form to nominate a book of your choice that contributes to the field of intersex studies.