Record number of intersex participants come out for Mardi Gras

I is for Intersex

Joint press statement by AISSGA, OII Australia and BEECHAC. Sydney, Australia – This year’s Mardi Gras Parade will see the participation of the largest number of people born with intersex bodies ever in a public event in Australia. Members from many peer-run intersex organisations will be joined by other intersex individuals and allies in a…
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Statement by Candice at the screening of Arianna

Arianna

My name is Candice and I’m here tonight as a representative of OII Australia which is a human rights and peer support organisation for people who are intersex. I would like to thank Queer Screen for allowing us the opportunity to introduce Arianna and hopefully raise some awareness amongst you of what intersex entails. But…
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Marriage and people with intersex variations, a submission

Parliament

This paper, our submission to a current Senate inquiry on an exposure draft marriage bill, discusses the role of medical interventions in preparing intersex bodies for marriage, as well as issues with access to marriage. It provides a comprehensive update on the implications of marriage laws in Australia.

Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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UN Committee against Torture: Australia must respond to list of issues

OHCHR

Every few years, the UN Committee against Torture reviews the performance of member states against the obligations of the Convention Against Torture. In June this year, OII Australia made a submission to the Committee to help it prepare a “List of Issues Prior to Reporting”, for the government to respond to. The Committee has now…
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The Family Court case Re: Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] FamCA 7

Hughes

The Family Court has recently published a decision on the sterilisation of a 5-year old child and, unfortunately, it reveals that: earlier genital surgery that “enhanced” her genitals without Court approval was viewed without concern, and with no evidence of necessity. The idea of “enhancing” the genitals of an infant or young child is disturbing….
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