Welcome to OII Australia – we promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and peer support

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Intersex people are born with physical, hormonal or genetic features that are neither wholly female nor wholly male; or a combination of female and male; or neither female nor male.

OII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. Our goals are to help create a society where sex differences are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.
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Human rights consultation on SOGII legal reform and services

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SOGII consultation

Tim Wilson, the Human Rights Commissioner and Commission Spokesperson on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex (SOGII) rights, has announced a survey and consultation to explore key rights issues affecting LGBT and intersex people in Australia: This consultation aims to establish what legal protections exist and what legal barriers remain, what services are being provided…
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We welcome Maltese government proposals on rights to bodily autonomy

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Launch of GIGESC consultation, Malta

In October this year, the Maltese government launched a consultation exercise regarding a new Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill (“GIGESC”). The Bill is ground-breaking and, if passed as we hope, it will: create a “right to bodily integrity and physical autonomy for all persons”. make unlawful “non-medically necessary treatment on the sex…
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I am intersex: Georgie Yovanovic’s story

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I am intersex: Georgie Yovanovic’s story

We would like to thank Georgie Yovanovic, and ABC journalist Emma Sleath, for this personal interview published by ABC Alice Springs. Georgie is a spokesperson for Sisters and Brothers NT. Most people assume that Georgie Yovanovic is transgender. She identifies as a female, often dresses as a female and displays many of the traits commonly…
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I am intersex: Shon Klose’s story

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I am intersex: Shon Klose’s story

We would like to thank Shon Klose, and ABC journalist Emma Sleath, for this personal interview published by ABC Alice Springs. Shon is the diversity spokesperson for Sisters and Brothers NT. There are a lot of people out there who are experiencing trauma and mental health issues because of the way they’ve been treated in…
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Media reporting: the real intersex scandal

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Media reporting: the real intersex scandal

Right now, we can’t think of any other form of bodily diversity that is subject to such relentless negative and salacious press coverage, and so rare a case of positive reporting. For people who have not been following the story of Taylor Chandler, who reports she was born intersex and recently in a relationship with…
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Different priorities

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Different priorities

  Ever feel like there are different priorities? Folks talk with us about birth certificates. We talk about health, sterilisation, bodily autonomy and peer support. #intersex Download and share Download “different priorities” poster (PDF) Share on social media Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Ever feel there are different priorities? #intersex #health #coercive-practices pic.twitter.com/CA8cZ3wnvI — OII…
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Open community social events start in Sydney, 9 December

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Open social events start

Open community social events for people with intersex variations will start in Sydney on 9 December 2014, in partnership with the AIS Support Group Australia. Anyone with an intersex variation is welcome, as are parents and families of children and adults with intersex variations. You don’t need to be a member of either organisation to come along.

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Morgan Carpenter speaks at The Wheeler Centre: Intersex bodies and the society that shapes them

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Wheeler Centre talk on intersex bodies

Morgan Carpenter spoke on “Intersex bodies and the society that shapes them” at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. The event took place at lunchtime on Thursday 26 November. In this lunchtime talk, he’ll introduce what intersex is, talk about its relevance to LGBT alliances, and cover key health, cultural and religious issues as they relate to intersex…
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