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Intersex people have innate sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies, and that create risks and experiences of stigma, discrimination and harm. We have many different kinds of bodies and life experiences.

Intersex Human Rights Australia is a national not-for-profit company by and for people with innate variations of sex characteristics. We were formerly known as OII Australia. We promote human rights, health and bodily autonomy. Our goals are to help create a society where intersex people are not stigmatised, and where our rights are recognised.
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My Body/My Choice: Make space to talk about intersex human rights

I’m a WA representative for Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA), a national intersex-led charity that provides peer support to people with intersex variations and our families. In my role, I get to meet many other people with intersex variations and parents.

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Submission on the One Nation NSW education bill

IHRA has made a formal submission on a One Nation education bill to a committee of the NSW Parliament chaired by the One Nation MP who authored the bill. Our submission was coauthored by Morgan Carpenter and Dr Agli Zavros-Orr.

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ABS Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Standard

We welcome publication of a new Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Standard by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This replaces an earlier Sex and Gender Standard. The new Standard facilitates the meaningful and respectful collection of data on people with intersex variations (‘variations of sex characteristics’).

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We invite expressions of interest in board positions

Intersex Human Rights Australia is keen to receive expressions of interest in becoming a member of our board. Applications need to be received no later than 15 December 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Directors and presented to a Board Meeting for consideration in early 2021.

Intersex Awareness Day talk at The University of Sydney, 27 October 2020

Intersex Awareness Day debate at the University of Sydney

On 27 October, the University of Sydney hosted a panel to mark Intersex Awareness Day featuring Higher Education staff and students with intersex variations. Speakers were Morgan Carpenter, Dr Agli Zavros-Orr and Gabriel Filpi. The event was moderated by Jack Crane.

Resources

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Intersex for allies

How can you act as an ally to intersex people? This page contains introductory information and video resources.

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Bodily integrity

We all have a right to bodily integrity, to not be subjected to invasive or irreversible medical procedures that modify sex characteristics, unless necessary to avoid serious, urgent and irreparable harm.

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Intersex people and COVID-19

All populations that suffer health inequalities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and people with intersex variations are no exception.

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Demographics

The intersex population is far more diverse than commonly understood. This page presents details based on a 2015 independent Australian sociological survey.

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Detention

A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in detention settings.

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Discrimination

A briefing on discrimination issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics due to our bodies, identities, or assumptions about our identities.

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Education

A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in education settings.

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An intersex flag

We have struggled with symbols used to denote intersex people, so Morgan created one that is free for the world to use.

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Eugenics

Many intersex traits are genetic, with an identified origin. The elimination of such traits from the gene pool is an established and growing phenomenon.

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Forms and data collection

Guidance on including people born with variations of sex characteristics in forms and other forms of data collection.

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Clinical guidelines

Are clinical guidelines enough to eliminate human rights violations against intersex people in medical settings? Reviewing the evidence, we believe they are inadequate, and their prerequisites do not exist.

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Healthcare pathways

These health and wellbeing resources work together to visually map established healthcare needs and highlight potential gaps in services.

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Identification documents

A briefing and guidance on understanding and respecting the diverse sex classifications and gender identities of people with intersex variations.

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Inclusive practice

Guides to inclusive practice, to help make your service, program or project intersex-friendly.

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Intersex and intersectionality

The rights and concerns of intersex people overlap and intersect with the rights and concerns of women, LGBT people, and disabled and racialised peoples.

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Media and style guide

If you are writing about intersex people, our bodies, identities and human rights concerns, this page outlines why we use words the way we do.

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Intersex for parents

This page is for new parents of an intersex child, prospective parents planning a pregnancy or undergoing genetic or preconception screening, and also parents of older children.

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Intersex population figures

There are no firm population figures for people with intersex variations, due to stigma, misconceptions, lack of accurate recording of data, arbitrary definitions, and ideological values.

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Sport

A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in sport settings.

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What is intersex?

A briefing on working, Australian and international definitions of intersex.

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Workplaces

Guidance for employers, union representatives and staff on intersex issues in the workplace.

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Youth

Finding out you have an intersex variation can be a surprise! It doesn’t mean you’re alone. There are heaps of us out here with different intersex variations.

Community declarations

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Joint statement on the International Classification of Diseases 11

Declaración conjunta sobre la Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades 11 / Совместное заявление о Международной классификации болезней 11 / Déclaration commune sur la Classification Internationale des Maladies 11 / 關於針對國際疾病分類第11版(ICD-11)的聯合聲明 / 关于针对国际疾病分类第11版(ICD-11)的联合声明

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Affirm the Darlington Statement

Following the second Australian-Aotearoa/NZ intersex advocacy retreat, we invite you and your organisations to affirm the Darlington Statement in support of intersex human rights.

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Darlington Statement

The Darlington Statement is a joint consensus statement by Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex organisations and independent advocates, agreed in March 2017. It sets out the priorities and calls to action by the intersex human rights movement in our countries.

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Malta Declaration

Between 29 November and 1 December 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. The event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents, and produced a common declaration.