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We welcome the Senate Inquiry report on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

OII Australia warmly welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry on the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill, and in particular the conclusions regarding protection for intersex people. We strongly encourage the Attorney General to oversee the passing of the bill, as amended, by June 2013. The report’s conclusions on intersex are as follows: Intersex status…
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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture calls for an end to coerced and involuntary genital-normalising surgeries

United Nations Human Rights Council

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture issued a statement on 1 February 2013 in Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez recognising that intersex people have been subject to non-consensual medical normalisation treatment, and calling for an end to forced sterilisation, forced hormone…
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Ten years of ‘X’ passports, and no protection from discrimination

'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

A note of caution: most people with intersex variations are simply men or women, with atypical sex characteristics. OII Australia acknowledges that people with intersex variations may be male, female, or identify with multiple or non-binary genders, just like other people. X passports are available not only to people with intersex variations, but also to…
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“Sex and Gender Diverse” discussion paper on terminology

This paper was updated in September 2013, with a new final “impact” section that reflects the discontinuation of “SGD” and “DSG” terminology by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and many other organisations. We recommend browsing the Videos, Audio and Personal Stories sections of this website to gain familiarity with the diversity of intersex identities, genders,…
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Second International Intersex Forum concludes with seven demands

The second International Intersex Forum has just concluded in Stockholm, with an affirmation of seven key demands and priorities for intersex people. Kindly organised by the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, ILGA Europe, the event was only the second ever international intersex gathering. Gina Wilson from OII Australia…
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