Anti-discrimination

Submission to NHMRC on genetic selection against intersex traits

In April 2014, OII Australia made a lengthy submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) calling for the prohibition of genetic testing to select against intersex traits. Unfortunately, draft guidelines by the NHMRC support decision making by individual clinicians in defining and screening “serious genetic conditions”. The same language of “serious” “genetic…
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Joint call to strengthen Victoria’s equal opportunity laws

OII Australia has joined with 27 other community organisations, legal experts, unions and service providers to call for improvements to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 in Victoria. Victoria has not yet responded to the inclusion of “intersex status” alongside “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the federal Sex Discrimination Act, amended in 2013. The Maltese…
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UN Free & Equal campaign publishes intersex fact sheet

OHCHR

Overnight, the UN OHCHR released a long-awaited intersex fact sheet, as part of the Free&Equal campaign. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people…
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Georgiann Davis, “Contesting Intersex”

"Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis" by Georgiann Davis

Georgiann Davis’s first book, “Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis” is hotly awaited, and the first chapter has just become available online, from the publisher. Here are a couple of quotes (references omitted): I show how contemporary U.S. medical experts on intersex, like much of society, tend to hold narrow, essentialist understandings of sex, gender, and…
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Congratulations to Mauro Cabral

Inaugural Bob Hepple Award winners

The visibility of the intersex movement is hampered by our worldwide lack of resourcing. It’s also notable that intersex and LGBT movements can often diverge: while most intersex people know a lot about issues affecting same sex attracted and transgender people, this is frequently not reciprocal. There are few intersex voices in LGBTI spaces, our…
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Human Rights Commissioner: Bodily autonomy is basic human right

Resilient Individuals

The Australian Human Rights Commissioner launched the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights report today, “Resilient Individuals”. It notes continuing forced surgical interventions on intersex people, and calls for implementation of the Senate committee report, Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia.