Living as an intersex person in Australia

Musician Shon Klose was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1966; she first realized she was intersex when she was in her mid-teens. Born without an internal reproductive system, she was pressured by her parents and doctors to undergo painful medical procedures. Her story reflects a time when intersex people were often treated as “freaks,” even by medical professionals. It shows that progress has been made, as Australia is now the first country in the world to have fully included intersex people in anti-discrimination legislation. But it also shows just how difficult life can be for people born intersex, even today.

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Read about Shon Klose's story in her own words.

I am intersex: Shon Klose’s story


Sleath, E. (2014, December 2). I am intersex: Shon Klose’s story. ABC.

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