Victoria Health Department issues reports on Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex health wellbeing

It is terrific to note that the Government of Victoria, or at least its Health instrumentality at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/ is not afraid to use the word ‘intersex.’

We commend them for not being too reticent to recognise intersex exists and that intersex people – 1:60 to 1:100 of the Australian population – have specific health needs that so far have not been met. We encourage the federal government and those of other states and territories, as well as health NGOs, to follow the Victorian lead and be fully intersex-inclusive from now onwards.

Screenshot, Government of Victoria, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex health & wellbeing.

The Victorian Health website has a Key Resources page containing a number of documents of interest to intersex people and that actually include us and our health needs. Some documents refer to OII Australia or cite from documents that we have produced and have published on this website.

We would also like to point out that intersex people are mostly heterosexual, some are lesbian, some are gay, some are bisexual, and some fall under other categories that are best self-described. This means that it’s not appropriate for LGBTI peoples to collectively be addressed or described as ‘Gay and Lesbian.’