OII Australia recently wrote to ANZPATH (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health) regarding a position taken by that organisation suggesting intersex was part of its remit, and part of their description of transgender. Given that intersex is recognised by diverse institutions, including the Australian government and the World Health Organization as a congenital biological state, we officially requested that ANZPATH remove intersex descriptions of transgender and its remit.
It has been requested that we release our letter, and so it may be downloaded here:
In a prompt response, dated 15 July, the president of ANZPATH very kindly responded favourably.
OII Australia has taken a consistent position on issues around gender identity, and the DSM. Our previous papers and statements include:
- 7 June 2012: OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7
- 28 June 2011: Intersex and the DSM
- 16 February 2010: OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010
- Intersex for allies – our introductory guide to intersex
- What is intersex? Defining intersex
- Intersex community priorities – concluding statement of the third international intersex forum
- On intersectionalities with lesbian and gay communities
- On intersectionalities with trans experiences
- On intersectionalities with disability
- The ethics of genetic selection against intersex traits
Please note that a signature has been redacted from the letter.