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Filmology: NML Medical Movie Nights: Intersexion

This guide provides information and links to additional resources for films screened as part of the Filmology - NML Medical Movie Nights series.

Intersex / Disorders of Sex Development

Intersex / Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) is a broad term for a large group of conditions in which external genitalia, internal reproductive organs, or hormonal sex and sex chromosomes do not fall into the distinct binaries of male or female.  Intersex/DSD conditions may be identified at birth but may also emerge at later developmental stages, often around the time of puberty. This guide provides general background resources as well as resources that discuss the specific challenges for affected individuals, parents/caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Some resources may require USC login.

Where do I start?

To obtain general background information, view the resources listed in the Background and Educational Resources boxes.

After that, take a look at the other boxes on this page that provide further information on specific issues related to DSD conditions, such as healthcare at different life stages, quality of life, hormone replacement, psychosocial issues, etc.



  Thursday, April 14, 2016 : 5:30 - 8pm

USC Health Science Campus

   Hastings Auditorium @ Hoffman Medical Research Building (HMR) campus map

                   Free pizza, cookies, & bottled water

                              Discussion to follow

Runtime: 52 min.                                                       

The first question any new parent asks… “Is it a boy or a girl?” What if it’s neither? 1 in 2,000 babies is born with genitalia so ambiguous that the doctors cannot easily answer this question. In this groundbreaking documentary, intersex individuals reveal the secrets of their unconventional lives – and how they have navigated their way through this strictly male/female world, when they fit somewhere in between (        Intersexion).

Free admission -  Click here to RSVP.

RSVPs are required however do not guarantee a seat.

All Filmology events are OVERBOOKED to maximize seating capacity in the theater. 

The RSVP list will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full.  Once the theater has reached capacity we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Evening Agenda

5:30-5:55pm   Doors Open / Pizza Served

5:55-6:00pm   Welcome / Bios

6:00-6:55pm   Film Screening (52 min)

6:55-7:00pm   Short Q&A

7:00-8:00pm   Audience Discussion


Click here to access the full tutorial created by the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, that provides a step-by-step guide to the principles of  sex development and conditions currently referred to as Disorders of Sex Development (DSD).

Educational Resources

Literature from the March 2014 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Workshop

News Articles

Intersexion - Trailer

Patient Perspective


Michael Kreuzer, M.D.

Dr. Michael Kreuzer is a graduate of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Medical School in Frankfurt, Germany.  He served his residency at LLUMC in Emergency Medicine and later completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine.  He has worked with transgender patients in both primary care and specialty settings. 

Dr. Kreuzer was born with a DSD/Intersex condition and is active in advocating for LGBTQIA rights. Read more about his personal story here Kreuzer, M. (2015). Michael's story or the Paradox of Normalcy. Narrative inquiry in bioethics5(2), E7-E10.
Click here to access a reading list of titles recommended by Dr. Kreuzer.  
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, M.D. 

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy has been an Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the past ten years. She has been providing medical intervention for young adults including puberty suppression and cross sex hormones for the past six years, and is considered a national expert in this area.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Olson-Kennedy.

Clinical & Research Networks

Organizations / Support Groups

DSD clinics - Appointment Finder Tool