Shame, taboo, ignorance: Growing up intersex
Updated 8:59 AM ET, Thu January 5, 2017
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Kiambu County, Kenya (CNN)Moments after giving birth in her rural Kenyan home, Wairimu faced a difficult choice: Deciding whether her baby would be a boy or a girl.
Lack of awareness
'Who am I?'
A biological issue
An estimated 2% of the global population is born with intersex traits, according to advocacy group InterACT.
Intersex people are born with an anatomy or chromosome pattern which "doesn't seem to fit typical binary definitions of male or female."
Some people are diagnosed shortly after birth, because their intersex traits, such as ambiguous genitalia, are visibly evident.
Others, whose conditions are internal or chromosomal may not find out until puberty, or even later. "Some never find out at all," InterACT Youth says.
Being intersex is distinct from a person's gender identity or sexual orientation.
According to the UN: "An intersex person may be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and may identify as female,male, both or neither."