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Ground-breaking Swiss report on infant surgery, a review

Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics report on Intersexuality

Earlier this month, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics published an opinion document, On the management of differences of sex development, Ethical issues relating to “intersexuality”. Copies are available via the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in English. This is a brief review of the key points in that position document. Our…
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Intersex for allies

Intersex for allies

Intersex people are born with atypical sex characteristics. Intersex relates to a range of congenital physical traits or variations that lie between stereotypical definitions of male and female. Many different forms of intersex exist; it is an umbrella term, rather than a single category…

Intersex intersectionalities with disability

The intersex experience, and the intersex movement, has many intersectionalities with experiences of disability and the disability movement. This article introduces some of these issues. Intersex is a term which relates to a range of biological traits or variations that lie between “male” and “female”. An intersex person may have the biological attributes of both…
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Intersex legislative issues – a brief summary

Please note that this document has been superseded by federal legislation, a 2013 community consensus statement and a Senate committee report on the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people“. Summary of legislative issues for intersex people OII Australia has recently been asked to summarise our position on a range of legislative and health issues….
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OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ, today released a submission [PDF] to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Download our submission here [PDF]. The APA is the body that, until 1973, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The APA currently regards gender non-conformity to…
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Including intersex in research studies and surveys

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OII Australia has historically received a large volume of requests for research subjects, and requests to promote research surveys seeking intersex participants. While we wish to help in any research that benefits people with intersex variations, we have had to issue advice on intersex inclusion, and implement the following policies in respect of such requests….
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