Intersex people are born with atypical physical sex characteristics, so that our bodies do not fit typical definitions of male or female. We have diverse bodies, identities and life experiences.
OII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. Our goals are to help create a society where our bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised. Read more →
The Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia is holding its annual conference in Brisbane on 8-9 August this year. Here’s the open invitation by AISSGA president Bonnie Hart: The AISSGA is a peer-based, not-for-profit support group for people with an intersex variation or who have someone who is intersex in their family. ￼￼￼ 2015 National… Read more →
Today the World Health Organization has published a major and long-awated report on sexual health, human rights and the law. It contains a specific section on intersex people, as well as other stigmatized social groups including lesbians and gay men, and transgender people. The report notes that, over the last three decades, there has been… Read more →
Numerous studies were presented by Australian teams to the I-DSD conference in Belgium this month, including several from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Two reports stand out, despite being listed in separate parts of the Conference Abstracts document. One on page 6 of 93 purports to show positive outcomes from early genital surgeries. Another, on… Read more →
The Australian Human Rights Commissioner launched the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights report today, “Resilient Individuals”. It notes continuing forced surgical interventions on intersex people, and calls for implementation of the Senate committee report, Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia.
Overnight, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a new report, “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, A/HRC/29/23, which includes detailed reference to intersex and other LGBTI persons. OII Australia warmly welcomes this report, which for the first time calls for an… Read more →
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