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Our policy on written content

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Purpose These guidelines are designed to ensure clarity and consistency, maintain focus and professionalism. Attribution: the organisation “We” are “OII Australia”, Organisation Intersex International Australia Limited, a not-for-profit company. Please be clear that we don’t represent all intersex people, but we do try and stay aware of viewpoints from outside our organisation. Members of the…
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Why intersex is not a gender identity, and the implications for legislation

Introduction Numerous Australian reports have tended to presuppose that intersex people, like gay men, lesbians and transgender people, are included in legal frameworks to protect on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity”. This is not the case, and this article attempts to clarify why not. In brief, people born with intersex variations have…
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Intersex intersectionalities with lesbian and gay communities

Intersex intersectionalities with lesbian and gay communities

Morgan Carpenter, OII Australia board member, wrote and presented this paper at the After ‘Homosexual’ conference in Melbourne on 4 February 2012. The conference marked the fortieth anniversary of Dennis Altman’s book Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation. The 10-minute presentation was delivered as part of a curated panel on intersectionalities. Given the conference title, the focus…
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On Australian passports and “X” for sex

On Australian passports and “X” for sex

THE first person to be granted an X on their passport here in Australia was Alex MacFarlane, first reported in 2003. Eligibility was improved in 2011, under a 2011 revised Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) policy, and the policy was extended across the federal government in 2013. The history of the X sex…
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Basic differences between intersex and trans

This page details some of the general differences between the experience of trans and intersex individuals in Australia. Intersex is not a part of the trans umbrella (such as transgender or transsexual) nor is intersex a form gender diversity, because intersex is not about gender, or transition. Intersex is about bodies; about congenital physical differences…
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‘ISGD’ and the appropriation of intersex

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“I’ve been waiting for years for you to show up. It’s clear that transsexuals are not going to get our rights until intersexuals do.” (quoted by Suzanne Kessler, 1998) “Intersex is not one but many sites of contested being, [with] temporally sutured biomedical, political and social imperatives… ‘Intersex’ is a sign constantly under erasure, whose…
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