On health care

OUR societies have accepted a binary construct between male and female which does not reflect Nature and the enormous variety of possible sexes which overlap one another in various gradations on a spectrum with male at one end and female at the other. The arbitrary division of biological sex into only two categories makes all…
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On a third sex

THE creation of a new category to be designated intersex poses several problems. First of all, how do we define intersex? OII believes that there will be never a clear definition and at the same time, that it is not necessary to have a legal definition for intersex. We have no clear definitions for what…
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On medical diagnoses and health information

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OII is very sensitive to the individual’s right to privacy concerning medical information and does not require any release of medical information or any diagnosis to be a member of our support groups or organisation. OII members are instructed not to ask for a medical diagnosis from any member, leaving each member free to volunteer…
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Andrology Australia study of XXY men in Australia

AN email from Andrology Australia has been circulating, asking for men with Klinefelter Syndrome to take part in the study. Klinefelter’s Syndrome is the most common chromosome disorder in males (47XXY), affecting approximately 1 in 650 males. While this is estimated to represent almost 15,000 males in Australia, up to 70% of cases remain undiagnosed;…
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First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

Late last year it was widely reported that Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are to star in a fictionalised though somewhat biographical feature film, about Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener. She was the first publicly known intersex person. The film is The Danish Girl, based on the novel of the same name by US author…
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Lecture: Regulating the sexed body

Lecture: Regulating the sexed body

We have received, via the Inner City Legal Centre, an invitation to attend a public lecture being presented at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) by Professor Marie Fox, Associate Professor Nikki Sullivan, and Dr Jessica Cadwallader, PhD – Regulating the sexed body: Circumcision, genital modification and cosmetic surgery. The lecture will be chaired by…
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