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'Your child is a taonga', For parents of intersex youth

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This guide is written by those with Variations in Sex Characteristics(VSC), otherwise known as intersex . With this resource we inviteyou to seek out support and to share in some keyconcepts we wishour parents had access to when we were young.Your child is a taonga.Supported by the Intersex Trust Aotearoa NZ (ITANZ)

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The kaupapaAcceptance of your child just as they are ishealthy.Your childs body is both natural and normal.Ask forsupport from your community, whānauand friends. Sharing your situation with otherswill help challenge the feelings of secrecy andshame.Seek engagement and connect with intersex-led organisations and other parents. You are not alone.for parents

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seek adviceit's not your faultadvocatetake timefor parentsof intersexrangatahi

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celebrateIntersexeducateRangatahigendersupport

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Te Ao MāoriRangatahiImage creditSamOrchardResource: 'AllAbout Intersex'

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GLOBALRESOURCES InterACT'WHAT WEWISH OURPARENTSKNEW' www.interactadvocates.org'INTERSEXFORPARENTS'www.ihra.org.au Intersex Human RightsAustralia (Ihra)you might find helpful

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GLOBALRESOURCES 'SUPPORTINGYOURINTERSEXCHILD'Organisation IntersexInternational Europe (OII) https://oiieurope.org/'DISCLOSURE'https://isupport.org.auIntersex Peer SupportAustralia (IPSA)you might find helpful

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IntersexbreakdownCONCEPTS, TERMS& VARIATIONSYOU MIGHT FIND HELPFULVSC)

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Intersex breakdownVARIATIONS OFSEXCHARACTERISTICS(SOME) DIAGNOSTIC TERMS

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Image Credit : Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho

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