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For one thing, that all intersex people are gay is one myth intersex activists hope to dispel.

People just don’t know what to do with that.”Caitlin, who was diagnosed with a DSD at age 15 (as if adolescence isn’t fraught enough), was old enough to have a say in how the medical establishment treated her, and successfully fought against being subjected to any sort of surgery.

For one, since almost all such surgeries create female, not male genitalia for the child, this can be extremely distressing for kids who feel male once they start growing up.

The surgery has other lifelong impacts, as well—some research has shown that 20 to 30 percent of these surgeries have resulted in a dramatic loss of sexual sensation.“We’re trying to take a lot of the alarm out of it, just by saying to everybody—even people in the medical community—to slow down and not rush to ‘fix’ something right away,” says Green.

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“But she realized pretty quickly that that was about her and not about me.

She comes to see me speak, and since she works as a therapist, I think it’s really helped to educate her to be a better therapist.”The fight against the knee-jerk inclination to conduct surgery at birth is both medical and social.

"God made me the way I am, and I accept myself,” she told South Africa’s You magazine.