Author: Gina Wilson

On Norrie v NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

This is an analysis of the NSW Court of Appeal judgement in the matter of Norrie v the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM), in relation to its relevance to intersex people. Update The case has now been appealed to the High Court by the NSW government. Our briefing paper on the High…
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Third sex, redux

After fielding a few phone calls it is clear that many people can’t grasp our position in opposing the creation of a third sex while supporting X sex descriptors on birth certificates and passports. To be clear, intersex is not an arbitrary third sex category, but rather a spectrum of possibilities, and nor is it…
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Equal Rights Trust: Testimony by Gina Wilson on rights for intersex people

The UK’s Equal Rights Trust has just published testimony by OII Australia president, Gina Wilson, in The Equal Rights Review, Vol. 10. Gina talks about her personal background, her work as an activist, and the issues we face in seeking human rights, including intersex and the sex binary, the medical model, invisibility in human rights…
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Letter to Australia’s Honorary Consul in Lagos, Nigeria

Background On 26 March, 2013 in Sapele, Nigeria, Pastor Henry Enuta was physically stripped and humiliated in public because he is an intersex person. Press reports contain sensationalised language, describing him as a hermaphrodite, describing his genitals, and containing mobile phone photographs showing torn clothes, and bare chest. According to news reports, he was almost…
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Gina Wilson writes on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

OII Australia was recently invited to attend a briefing on the proposed NSW Marriage Equality bill at parliament house and Gina Wilson attended as president of the organisation. A number of issues were discussed in respect of intersex people. It is now possible for intersex people to have an ‘X’ as sex designator on their…
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Information session by Kamol Cosmetic Hospital, Thailand

OII Australia was recently contacted by the Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in Thailand asking for information in respect of establishing a series of information sessions in Melbourne and Sydney. Kamol is a cosmetic Hospital that specialised in surgery for trans women. The hospital also offers surgery for trans men. I understood that the hospital was intrested…
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Intersex Awareness Day, 2012

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Intersex people are people who have physical differences of sex anatomy other than brain sex alone. Our anatomical differences might include genetic, hormonal or genital differences or differences in our reproductive parts. The first Intersex Awareness Day (IAD) came about when the American intersex group named Hermaphrodites with Attitude (HWA) teamed up with American Trans…
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Intersex people and marriage, an analysis by Gina Wilson

In the light of debate around same sex marriage, marriage equality and the legal recognition of intersex people, Gina Wilson writes on the marriage rights of intersex people. The first thing to address is our right to marriage of any sort. When the Howard government proposed changes to the definition in the Marriage Act so…
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Rodney Croome of Australian Marriage Equality on intersex and same sex marriage

Rodney Croome of Australian Marriage Equality is reported as having given GNN/SX News the following statement: “In Tasmanian law everyone is legally considered either male or female, including intersex people, so everyone not able to marry under the federal opposite-sex marriage law would be able to marry under the state same-sex marriage law,” Croome told…
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Submission to the 2012 Senate enquiry on marriage equality

Parliament

Honourable Senators, (introduction on OII Australia omitted) OII Australia supports the rights of all Australians to marriage. We support the submissions of the NSW and Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, The LGBTI Health Alliance and those of Dr Paul Martin and others that demonstrate the positive mental health outcomes for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual…
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Gina Wilson on the Eleventh Day of Intersex: Intersex and religion

On the Eleventh Day of Intersex we draw your attention to intersex and religion. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be thought of as being male…
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Tenth day of intersex: Ageing

On the Tenth Day of Intersex we draw your attention to the aged, to aged care and how that affects intersex lives. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is,…
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