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… Read more →
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… Read more →
Today the World Health Organization has published a major and long-awaited report on sexual health, human rights and the law. It contains a specific section on intersex people, as well as other stigmatized social groups including lesbians and gay men, and transgender people. The report notes that, over the last three decades, there has been… Read more →
Numerous studies were presented by Australian teams to the I-DSD conference in Belgium this month, including several from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Two reports stand out, despite being listed in separate parts of the Conference Abstracts document. One on page 6 of 93 purports to show positive outcomes from early genital surgeries. Another, on… Read more →
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.
Overnight, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a new report, “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, A/HRC/29/23, which includes detailed reference to intersex and other LGBTI persons. OII Australia warmly welcomes this report, which for the first time calls for an… Read more →