Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. We have many different kinds of bodies and life experiences.
OII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. We promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and an online peer support group.
Our goals are to help create a society where intersex bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised. Read more →
We welcome the 61.6% majority ‘yes’ verdict, and a majority in every State and Territory. OII Australia hopes that Parliament will now legislate to enable every adult couple to marry, irrespective of their sex characteristics.
The UN Human Rights Committee has made a powerful call to recognise the human rights of intersex people, including through ending irreversible medical treatment that is not absolutely medically necessary, and that takes place before a child can comprehend and provide informed consent.
Clinicians are increasingly raising their voices in opposition to forced and coercive interventions, including Physicians for Human Rights and the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, but more action is needed – particularly in Australia.
26 October is intersex awareness day, and events are taking place in multiple capital cities across Australia, and in cities elsewhere, all around the world. These hopefully provide a chance for individuals to find out more about intersex people, our lives, and the human rights issues we face. The last year has been both exciting… Read more →
Intersex Awareness Day events will take place across multiple capital cities in Australia this year, including Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney. They include music, film screenings, talks and discussions.
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