A world-first parliamentary report on intersex health was published in 2013, and in the same year, “intersex status” was added to federal anti-discrimination legislation. As the same time, understanding of intersex health and human rights issues remains low, even within “LGBTI” communities. Nationally, very few people with intersex variations are public about their intersex status, for reasons that include stigma, and legacies of shame and clinical secrecy.
This session, a first led jointly by the presidents of both of Australia’s intersex-led support and advocacy organisations, will explore ways in which LGBT people can grow their understanding beyond the basics, and help LGBTI organisations to acknowledge the diversity of intersex bodies, identities and health concerns.
The session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the lived experience of people with intersex variations. It will examine the impact of the clinical “disordering” of intersex as “disorders of sex development”, and offer a space to share knowledge about intersex health and wellbeing.
Mani Mitchell will also be running a session with Tom Hamilton on “Thriving from the margins”, and a range of other workshops and presentations will take place over the course of the conference.
The event will take place from 13-15 August at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.