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Statement by Candice at the screening of Arianna

Arianna

My name is Candice and I’m here tonight as a representative of OII Australia which is a human rights and peer support organisation for people who are intersex. I would like to thank Queer Screen for allowing us the opportunity to introduce Arianna and hopefully raise some awareness amongst you of what intersex entails. But…
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Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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LGBTI sponsorship and the elimination of intersex traits

The sponsorship of LGBTI events by IVF businesses raises ethical issues not just about the elimination of intersex traits, but also about the nature of community and comprehension of issues relating to intersex bodily diversity. Several recent conferences and events in Australia have included sponsorship or presentations by IVF businesses, promoting their services in family…
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Sexuality, sex and gender diversity?

What is sexuality, sex and gender diversity

Last night I was at a sombre event, an evening commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Around six people spoke; two of them were trans women of colour, and three speakers were representatives of institutions based in New South Wales. One of those representatives introduced himself as his organisation’s spokesperson on sexuality, sex and gender…
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Intersex rights and freedoms

Court of Conscience

OII Australia president, Morgan Carpenter, has been published in the UNSW Law Society journal “Court of Conscience” 2015 issue. The paper considers what it means to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits.

Publication of joint ICD submission

ICD submission group

Mauro Cabral of GATE has announced, via the Intersex Day project, publication of a 2014 community submission to the World Health Organization on reform of the International Classification of Diseases.