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Steph Lum, photo by Georgia Andrews. Glasses by Irene Kuzemko

Steph Lum: “Intersex self-love”

Steph Lum. Photo by Georgia Andrews, glasses by Irene Kuzemko. Steph Lum (co-chair, IHRA) has won a prize for the poem “Intersex self-love”, in the Canberra SpringOut essay competition. This inaugural competition was supported by SpringOUT in partnership with the Equal Rights Coalition. Congratulations, Steph! You know what happened When they tried to make you normal All those appointments you hated Where they looked at you Touched…

Steph Lum in Geneva, 2018

Steph Lum: speech to Canberra think tank on LGBTIQ inclusion

Steph Lum in Geneva, June 2018 Steph Lum gave this speech to the Inclusive Canberra think tank, held by the ACT LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council, on 14 November 2017. Tonight I am speaking as a young person with an intersex variation. I’m really encouraged that we have such a positive environment here in the ACT and there’s a lot of energy and will to make things better for the LGBTIQ community. But how we make sure that everyone within that…

Health in Difference panel presentation

Steph Lum: panel presentation at Health in Difference

Intersex panel participants at the Health in Difference conference, 2018. This speech was given in a panel presentation at the National LGBTI Health Alliance conference, Health in Difference, in Sydney, 12 April 2018. Good evening everyone, my name is Steph. My story is a story not often heard – it’s a story of just being a really boring everyday intersex person. Hey. Being intersex just does not affect my life on a day to day basis. I’m…

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Our board

Steph Lum – Co-chair Articles by Steph Articles about Steph Steph first joined the board in February 2017, then took a leave of absence at the end of that year to take a short-term position with the Australian Human Rights Commission. They returned to the board, and the role of co-chair, in December 2018. Steph is a lawyer, working in the field of human rights law in Canberra, and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian…

Health in Difference panel presentation

Health in Difference, 2018

This year’s Health in Difference conference, organised by the National LGBTI Health Alliance, contained a set of presentations and workshops on intersex issues, by intersex people. Intersex panel participants at the Health in Difference conference, 2018. Introductory plenary session Bonnie Hart (AISSGA) gave an insight into intersex lived experience in a 10 minute plenary speech at the start of the conference. Plenary panel presentation:…

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AHRC launches major consultation: protecting rights in the context of medical interventions

The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a major project to consult on protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions. The project is being assisted by an expert reference group that includes directors of IHRA, AISSGA and representatives of other intersex/parent-led organisations, disability and LGBTI advocates, people with legal and human rights expertise,…

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Darlington Statement

This is a joint consensus statement by Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex organisations and independent advocates, in March 2017. It sets out the priorities and calls by the intersex human rights movement in our countries, under six headings: a preamble, human rights and legal reform; health and wellbeing; peer support; allies; and education, awareness and employment. Affirm the Darlington Statement Download PDF copy Read on the…

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UN Human Rights Committee calls for recognition of right to bodily integrity

Overnight, the UN Human Rights Committee made a number of recommendations on Australia’s obligations under the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. These binding recommendations call on the government to incorporate that Treaty into domestic law, to ensure comprehensive implementation of the Covenant. OII Australia made a Shadow Report submission, endorsed by the AIS Support Group Australia, Disabled People’s…

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Intersex Awareness Day, 2017

Events are taking place around Australia for Intersex Awareness Day 26 October is intersex awareness day, and events are taking place in multiple capital cities across Australia, and in cities elsewhere, all around the world. These hopefully provide a chance for individuals to find out more about intersex people, our lives, and the human rights issues we face. The last year has been both exciting and hugely challenging, and the events of the…

Yes to marriage equality

Yes to marriage equality!

“We call for all adults to have the right to marry and form a family irrespective of their sex characteristics.”Darlington Statement, March 2017 The country has voted in the postal survey on marriage, and we welcome the 61.6% majority ‘yes’ verdict, with a majority in every State and Territory. OII Australia hopes that Parliament will now legislate to enable every adult couple to marry, irrespective of their sex…

Intersex for allies

Intersex for allies

Who are intersex people? Read more on definitions of intersex Read demographic data from a 2015 Australian study of 272 people born with atypical sex characteristics Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that do not fit medical norms for female or male bodies. We are a hugely diverse population, with at least 40 different underlying traits known to science. Intersex variations can become apparent at many different life…

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Bodily integrity

What is the issue?   This page is part of a series of articles summarising key and interrelated issues for the intersex movement in Australia, and our work: Bodily integrity, and eliminating harmful practices Eugenics, prenatal screening and elimination Discrimination, combatting discrimination and stigma Identification documents, sex and gender You might also be interested in: Intersex and intersectionality Inclusion in sport Inclusion in…