Presentation on intersex at Pride in Diversity conference

On Monday 26 November, Morgan Carpenter, the secretary of OII Australia, gave a presentation on intersex to the Pride in Diversity employment conference. It was a rare opportunity to give a 40 minute presentation and Q&A session to a large audience, and we thank Dawn Hough of Pride in Diversity for the opportunity.

This article provides some references and exploratory information for people attending the event, and for people interested in holding such an event.

Slides and handout

The slides from the presentation: the slides are available in PDF format (1.4 MB).

The handout: intersex for allies.

Intersex intersectionalities with LGBTI: The presentation used this 10 minute presentation on intersectionalities with LGBTI as a starting point. It was written and presented by Morgan at a conference in Melbourne in February 2012.

Further reading

These links provide a good introduction to some of the broad themes in the presentation.


This is complete list of references to materials from the presentation, including those mentioned in the slides. The references are listed in a rough order of appearance in the slides and speech.

Diodorus Siculus, Library of History IV chapter 6. Translated by C. H. Oldfather, 1935, Loeb Classical Library Volumes 303 and 340. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd., accessed 7 September 2012.

Anne Fausto-Sterling, 2000, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, Basic Books, ISBN 0465077145, 9780465077144.

Jon Bardin in Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2012, Olympic Games and the tricky science of telling men from women,,0,708403,full.story, accessed 4 August 2012.

Jon Bardin in Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2012, Is sex testing in the Olympics a fool’s errand?,0,7587358.story, accessed 4 August 2012.

Thomas Rogers, in Salon Magazine, 23 January 2012: The invention of the heterosexual interview with author Hanne Blank,, accessed 2 February 2012.

Phoebe Hart, 2010: Orchids: My Intersex Adventure,, accessed 2 February 2012.

Julie Butler in the Western Australian, 11 January 2003, X marks the spot for intersex Alex, text also at, accessed 24 October 2004.

OII Australia, 7 June 2012, On intersex, gender nonconformity, the DSM and Standards of Care,, accessed 7 June 2012.

Mogul, Ritchie and Whitlock, 15 February 2011: Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Queer Action / Queer Ideas) at,, accessed 2 February 2012.

Houk, Hughes, Ahmed, Lee, Writing Committee for the International Intersex Consensus Conference Participants, 2006, Summary of Consensus Statement on Intersex Disorders and Their Management, in Pediatrics, doi:10.1542.peds.2006-0737,, accessed 28 October 2012.

I. A. Hughes, C. Houk, S. F. Ahmed,, P. A. Lee, 19 April 2006, Consensus statement on management of intersex disorders, in Arch Dis Child 2006;91:554-563 doi:10.1136/adc.2006.098319,, accessed 2 February 2012.

Garry L Warne and Jacqueline K Hewitt, 2009, Disorders of sex development: current understanding and continuing controversy, Med J Aust 2009; 190 (11): 612-613., accessed 23 August 2012.

Lydia Guterman, in Open Society Foundations, 30 January 2012: Why Are Doctors Still Performing Genital Surgery on Infants?, accessed 2 February 2012.

OII Australia, 22 November 2011: Intersex people with AIS found to be dissatisfied with results of non-consensual genital surgery done upon them as newborns and infants,, accessed 22 November 2011.

OII Australia, 9 September 2012, Intersex legislative issues – a brief summary,, accessed 9 September 2012.

OII Australia, August 2012, Intersex health issues – a summary,, accessed 1 September 2012.

Heino Meyer-Bahlburg, 1 June 1999, What Causes Low Rates of Child-Bearing in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia? in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, vol. 84 no. 6 1844-1847, doi: 10.1210/jc.84.6.1844,, accessed 18 May 2012.

The Advocate, 5 August 2012, Shocking Report: Doctors Use Off-Label Drug to Prevent Lesbian, Bisexual, Tomboy Babies,, accessed 6 August 2012.

Alice Dreger, in Hastings Center Bioethics Forum, 29 June 2010: Preventing Homosexuality (and Uppity Women) in the Womb?,, accessed 2 February 2012.

Alice Dreger, Ellen Feder, Anne Tamar-Mattis, September 2012, “Prenatal Dexamethasone for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, An Ethics Canary in the Modern Medical Mine” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Online First™,, accessed 4 November 2012.

AIS Support Group Australia, 15 February 2003, Discrimination against People affected by Intersex Conditions, report to the ACT Chief Minister and Department of Justice and Community Safety,­%20Submission%20ACT%20AISSGA%20Feb03.pdf, accessed 10 May 2012.

OII Australia, 21 November 2012, Information for intersex allies,, accessed 21 November 2012.

OII Australia, 27 November 2012, First thoughts on the federal anti-discrimination proposals,, accessed 27 November 2012.