November 8, 2019: Intersex Day of Remembrance and Solidarity

Intersex Day of Remembrance, also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an international awareness day that aims to draw attention to the issues faced by members of the intersex community. It is observed on November 8, marking the birth anniversary of Herculine Barbin.

Sex characteristics of intersex people to not allow to distinctly identify them as male or female. Herculine Barbin was a French intersex person who lived in the 19th century. She was raised as a female, but was later reassigned as male after an affair with a woman and physical examination. In modern terms, she had male pseudohermaphroditism. Herculine changed her name to Abel and left for Paris where he wrote his memoirs. Barbin committed suicide at age 30.

Intersex Day of Remembrance was created to raise awareness of intersex and highlight the challenges faced by intersex people.