Intersex 101 and Beyond

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Much misinformation and myth surrounds Intersex. It is the most often ignored and misunderstood letter in the panoply of the queer community. Indeed inclusion of Intersex in the queer lexicon is a still much-debated topic within the community. In this workshop we will untangle some of the mystery of what is Intersex and what it means to be Intersex. The history of treatment and, more importantly, mistreatment of Intersex individuals by the medical establishment will be discussed. The impact of the violent and systemic erasure of Intersex bodies will be examined on the societal, familial and individual levels. How does an individual’s other identities, such as race, gender, and sexual orientation, intersect with their Intersex identity? Health care disparities for people of color, particularly black people, are well documented. Does this also impact how Intersex POC are treated? This workshop will dig into these questions. We’ll also look at the history of Intersex activism, its outcomes, and ongoing work. Falling outside the staunchly held sex binary results in different traumas for Intersex individuals. Together we will delve into the various spaces these traumas occur. We will also look at the ways Intersex individuals and communities have fostered healing, empowerment, and support for themselves and how mental health providers can align themselves with and support these practices.
Continuing Education (1.0 hr Professional Ethics CE)
The Gender U is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 7060) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Intersex 101 and Beyond meets the qualifications for 1.0 NBCC Credit.
The Gender U has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7060. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Gender U is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 1.5 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact

The Gender U is approved as an AASECT Provider of continuing education credits, Provider Number # 20-114-GEN.

About Instructor​

Niki Khanna MA, LMFT

Niki Khanna MA, LMFT is a therapist and educator in the Bay Area, CA.
Her focus is working within the Queer, Trans and Intersex communities. She is also a certified Sexual Health Educator and has spent over 20 years working in Sex Education, Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Education as well as Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Education. She identifies as a Femme, Intersex, and POC. She is passionate about finding ways to use the skills she has developed to contribute to the Intersex community. She provides workshops and mental health support to both the AIS-DSD Support Group and InterAct, two of the largest Intersex support and advocacy organizations in the country. Her current projects are developing practical training modules for mental health providers working with Intersex clients and their families and writing/editing a chapter focused on Intersex for a forthcoming textbook on trauma within the
LGBTIAQ+ communities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the meaning of intersex variations and identities
  2. Identify the implications of medical interventions on intersex bodies and the trauma these interventions can cause.
  3. Examine the ways in which an intersex person’s identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation and
    social or economic positions intersect and impact their lives and these medical interventions
  4. Cultivate ways to support and ally with intersex individuals

Bonus Materials

Intersex 101 & Beyond

1 HR CE Certification

Continuing Education (1.0 hr Professional Ethics CE) (Provider Number 7454) by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

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There will be PDFs available with each section for you to keep for your references

Course Beneficiary

The Gender U and instructors agree to donate 10% of the profits from each course to a nonprofit organization. This course donates to the following profits to the organization below

Advocates for Intersex Youth

interACT—formerly known as Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)—was founded by attorney Anne Tamar-Mattis with an Equal Justice Works fellowship in 2006, and continued with an Echoing Green fellowship in 2008 with a focused mission of ending harmful medical interventions on intersex children. We began our operations with a national advisory board, including doctors, lawyers, mental health experts, and leaders of many different intersex organizations to establish our goals.

interACT uses innovative legal and other strategies, to advocate for the human rights of children born with intersex traits.

ADA Statement

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