OII Australia notes that SAGE did not seek support or commentary from intersex people or intersex organizations when embarking on this campaign. We are often the last to hear about these kinds of actions.
This article ascribes positions to intersex people that are not held by any intersex organization worldwide. Foremost is that this a change that might be desired by many intersex people. It is not.
We support Norrie’s right to self-determination, but not where it impinges on the rights of intersex people to identify as men or women, or if it might create a situation where intersex people are defined as members of a third sex by default.
Intersex organizations made up of intersex individuals and intersex themselves are the ones who should and speak for intersex.
The complaint will allege a breach of the Australian 1984 Sex Discrimination Act and a breach of the United Nations Charter of Human Rights that protects a person’s right to self-determine their own social identity, unfettered by the state.
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