Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. 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. Read more →
We are delighted to announce that the 2015 survey of people born with atypical sex characteristics has now been published, and thank you to Tiffany Jones, co-authors, survey participants, and the folks at Open Book Publishers. The report is available as a free PDF download. Paperback, hardback and e-book versions can also be purchased. Here… Read more →
In the past few weeks, new IOC policy positions on both gender identity and sex characteristics have been published. The statements have received widespread media coverage, focused mostly on improved (albeit imperfect) access to competition for trans athletes. The IOC “consensus meeting” policy paper is dated November 2015, and it contains two statements, one entitled… Read more →
In February, a report of last year’s survey of people born with congenital atypical sex characteristics will be published. 272 people with atypical sex characteristics responded to the survey, enabling a comprehensive analysis in the largest study of intersex Australians yet conducted. It will be entitled “Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia” and the authors… Read more →
The Chilean Ministry of Health has issued instructions to its national health sector to stop “normalising” medical interventions on intersex infants and children. This guidance is a global first: the first time that a health ministry has shown leadership in taking this step without legislation or legal action. They have done this while awaiting… Read more →
OII Australia and many other stakeholders were recently invited to respond to draft proposals for sex and gender identity standards. The proposed sex standard includes purported biological definitions of male, female and other, and the proposed gender identity standard reproduces the same purported biological definitions. We have significant concerns about these: ABS Proposed Sex Standard… Read more →
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