OII Australia is a not-for-profit Public Benevolent Institution with a volunteer board and no paid staff.
Morgan Carpenter – President
Morgan Carpenter was elected to the role of President on 1 September 2013. Morgan migrated permanently to Australia in 2005 and has been active with OII Australia since 2009. A founding board member, Morgan was previously secretary. Morgan works as an analyst for an IT company; he has a social and economic policy research background, a Masters in IT from UTS, and graduate and postgraduate qualifications in planning and economic development. Morgan wrote our submissions to both Senate Inquiries on anti-discrimination legislation, and our several submissions to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation. Morgan also participated in hearings on those Inquiries, and played a key role in discussions with government ministers and other politicians. Morgan is a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Intersex, Trans and Gender Diversity Working Group. Morgan participated in the first intersex side event at the UN Human Rights Council, and has been published by ABC’s The Drum , and The Guardian.
Tony Briffa JP – Vice President and Secretary
Tony is one of Australia’s first intersex advocates, appearing on 60 Minutes in 2000, and more recently presented a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014. Tony recently retired as councillor of Hobsons Bay in Melbourne, where she was also the first openly intersex person elected to public office and the world’s first openly intersex Mayor. Tony Briffa was elected to the roles of Vice President and Secretary on 1 September 2013. Tony has been an intersex advocate for over 14 years, and is a former president of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia; she is currently the Vice-President, having been on that board continuously since 1999. Tony is also a Bail Justice and Justice of the Peace, a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Health, and a former President of the Genetic Support Network of Victoria. She is also a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Intersex, Trans and Gender Diversity Working Group.
CeeCee Cody – Board Member
A new board member, CeeCee is a founding member of the not-for-profit XXY Brain Trust, registered in the USA as Beyond XXY Inc., and the manager of an online community for XXY people. She is also currently helping to establish a new Australian organisation for parents, families and people with XXY.
Karin Gottschalk – Board Member
Karin Gottschalk is an educator, filmmaker, journalist, photographer and writer, and was a founding member of OII Australia. Karin conceived, co-founded and was European Contributing Editor for a magazine on art, creativity and photography developed with the aim of changing Australian creative culture through storytelling in words and pictures. She volunteers for The Greens as the intersex member of their NSW LGBTI policy working group.
Chris Somers xxy – Board Member
Chris Somers xxy is one of the world’s first intersex advocates and our Vice President from founding until 1 September 2013. Chris appeared on television in November 1995 on the 60 Minutes program, and has planted an intersex flag on the south pole. Chris holds a Masters in Education by Research from UWA and a diploma in photography; Phoebe Hart (Orchids, My Intersex Adventure) is a former photography student. Chris is a Former Honorary Guest Researcher and Fellow at the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) in Geraldton, Western Australia, where Chris has conducted groundbreaking work with primary healthcare practitioners.
Gina Wilson – Founding President
(retired 1 September 2013)
Gina Wilson, our founding president, stepped down from board positions on 1 September 2013. In between taking early retirement from employment and September 2013, Gina had a massive impact on the intersex movement in Australia. OII Australia was her vision, and she established the organisation and developed collaborative working practices that helped to achieve legal change and increasing awareness of intersex issues. Gina is a life honorary member of OII Australia and we pay tribute to her work.