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Staff, November 2019

Staff on 17 November 2019: Florin, Morgan and Tony, in Hobsons Bay


From December 2016, we have two joint and philanthropically-funded co-executive directors, each paid to work on a part-time basis: Morgan Carpenter and Tony Briffa. Florin Douglas joined us on a one-year part-time contract in November 2019, funded by the Victorian government.

Morgan Carpenter

Morgan Carpenter JP – Co-Executive Director

Morgan Carpenter was elected to the role of president in 2013 and joined Tony Briffa as co-chair from November 2015. A founding director, Morgan was diagnosed late, followed by multiple so-called “normalising” surgeries. Morgan wrote our submissions to Senate inquiries on anti-discrimination legislation, and involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and also participated in hearings on those inquiries. Morgan participated in the first intersex expert meeting, organised by the UN. He was an expert and drafting committee member for the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 in 2017. He is an advisor to the first Intersex Human Rights Fund, managed by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a founder of the independent Intersex Day project and formerly a consultant to GATE. Morgan is also a graduate and PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, and a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law. Morgan is a Justice of the Peace in NSW. Photo: Mark Dickson.

Tony Briffa

Tony Briffa JP – Co-Executive Director

Tony Briffa was elected to the position of co-chair in November 2015, alongside Morgan Carpenter, after serving as vice-president. Tony is one of Australia’s first intersex advocates, appearing on 60 Minutes in 2000 and 2005, and published in Nature in 2004. Tony more recently presented a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, in 2014. She is also a councillor of Hobsons Bay in Melbourne, the first openly intersex person elected to public office and the world’s first openly intersex Mayor. An aviation engineer and specialist, Tony is a former president of Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) (also known as AISSGA), current vice-president of IPSA, a member of current and previous Victorian Ministerial Advisory Groups on LGBTI issues, a board member of ILGA Oceania and chair of the intersex committee of ILGA World. Tony speaks nationally and internationally and has appeared on television, radio, magazines and newspapers discussing intersex human rights. Tony is a Justice of the Peace and former Bail Justice in Victoria.

Florin Douglas, photo by Megan Alexandra

Florin Douglas – Administrator

Florin is the newest member to the IHRA team, taking the part-time role of Administrator in November 2019. This role is kindly funded for one year by the Victorian government. Florin recently graduated from the Australian National University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality & Culture and English. To the role of Administrator, Florin brings several years’ experience in administrative and customer-facing work. Following his graduation, Florin worked as the LGBTQIA+ Project Assistant at the Respectful Relationships Unit at the ANU, where he assisted with community engagement and authored a short report on best practice when working with LGBTQIA+ folk. He was also selected to take part in the STILE mentorship at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, where he received training in administrative and procurement tasks, and worked behind-the-scenes to produce the sellout show ‘Trans Voices Cabaret’. Additionally, Florin has been active in both advocacy spaces and queer arts/event management for three years. Florin is a transgender man and an ally to people with intersex variations. He is passionate about advocacy work, and is excited to assist IHRA through future challenges and triumphs. Photo: Megan Alexandra.