Welcome to OII Australia – we promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and peer support

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.
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UN side event on intersex and human rights

Intersex side event at the 30th Human Rights Council, Geneva. Left to right: Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia), Kimberly Zieselman (Advocates for Informed Choice, US), Dan Ghattas (OII Europe, Germany), Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese, Taiwan), Julius Kaggwa (Support Initiative for People with atypical Sex Development, Uganda).

On Friday, a side event was held at the UN Human Rights Council with intersex human rights defenders from five continents. Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) moderated a panel featuring Julius Kaggwa (SIPD, Uganda), Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese, Taiwan), Kimberly Zieselman (AIC, US) and Dan Ghattas (OII Europe, Germany). The event was very kindly supported by ILGA and COC Netherlands.

UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opens intersex expert meeting

Daniela Truffer, Morgan Carpenter, Julius Kaggwa, Mauro Cabral, High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Hiker Chiu, Kimberly Zieselman and Dan Ghattas at the Intersex expert meeting, Geneva

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opened an expert meeting on intersex: “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights. Those foundational, bedrock principles of universality and equality mean that all of us, without exception, and regardless of our sex characteristics, are equally entitled to the protections of international human rights law.”

Submission on a plebiscite on the matter of marriage

Tony and Manja speak on marriage equality at a rally in Melbourne, 2014.

OII Australia made a submission on the matter of a proposed plebiscite or referendum on the matter of marriage in Australia. In common with many other LGBTI organisations, OII Australia opposes such a referendum due to the likely mental health impact on people born with intersex variations and our families. More information Our submission, published…
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Statement on intersex by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

In his opening address to the 30th Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, talked specifically about intersex people: Far too few of us are aware of the specific human rights violations faced by millions of intersex people. Because their bodies don’t comply with…
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