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 intersex people. 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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Petition: let Dutee Chand run

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Petition: let Dutee Chand run

We invite you to consider signing this petition on the exclusion of women with high natural levels of testosterone from participating in competitive sport. OII Australia has previously reported how several elite women athletes have been subjected to “partial clitoridectomies” and sterilisation in order to compete, in a process that is clearly coercive. We urge…
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UN Human Rights Council side event: “The time has come”

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UN Human Rights Council side event: “The time has come”

Morgan Carpenter is taking part in a UN Human Rights Council side event tomorrow, alongside Mauro Cabral (GATE/Argentina), Bishakha Datta (Point of View/India), and Lame Charmaine Olebile (Pan Africa ILGA/Botswana). It will be moderated by Sheherezade Kara (ARC International). It comes as the UN Human Rights Council prepares to discuss a resolution on sexual orientation…
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Tony Briffa in Body&Soul: “I’m proud to be intersex”

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Tony Briffa in Body&Soul: “I’m proud to be intersex”

Tony Briffa appears in an article in the “Body and Soul” magazine today, in the Sunday Herald Sun (Victoria), Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Mail (QLD), Sunday Mail (SA), Sunday Territorian, Sunday Times and the Sunday Tasmanian. It’s based on Tony’s own words, and we’re proud of Tony for doing this! It’s a challenge living in…
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Schoolbook on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, and intersex status

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Schoolbook on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, and intersex status

We have recently received a copy of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, a schoolbook by Australian publisher The Spinney Press in their “Issues in Society” series. It also contains content on intersex people and intersex issues. That content includes an intersex for allies guide, and “It’s time to defend intersex rights“, an article on the…
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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 will be speaking on “Intersex bodies and the society that shapes them” at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. It’ll take 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…
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Intersex and ANZPATH

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OII Australia recently wrote to ANZPATH (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health) regarding a position taken by that organisation suggesting intersex was part of its remit, and part of their description of transgender. Given that intersex is recognised by diverse institutions, including the Australian government and the World Health Organization as a…
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No scientific basis for current policy excluding elite intersex women from sport

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No scientific basis for current policy excluding elite intersex women from sport

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism this month contains a report on research by the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Medical and Anti-Doping Department and Commission, and others. It states that there is “no clear scientific evidence” for current policies excluding elite intersex women athletes from competitive sport on the basis of high androgen…
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