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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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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AISSGA annual conference this weekend

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AISSGA annual conference this weekend

This weekend our friends at the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA) hold their annual conference, in Sydney near Central Station. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so quickly by emailing [email protected] Registration is free and open to all intersex people and their families who are current members. There is a small travel…
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Let Dutee Chand run

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Let Dutee Chand run

We are disturbed by reports that Indian woman athlete Dutee Chand has been denied a position in the Indian Commonwealth Games team, on the basis of a test result showing elevated natural levels of blood testosterone. It also appears that Chand discovered the news via press reports, and not directly from sports or medical authorities….
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Morgan Carpenter at LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference

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Morgan Carpenter at LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference

We’re delighted that Morgan Carpenter spoke on intersex health and human rights at the LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth event in Glasgow, Scotland on 18 July, at the kind invitation of the Equality Network and Kaleidoscope Trust. Much of the Commonwealth however is not a good place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or…
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