I loved this book. It vividly captures the effects of secrecy and shame on an intersex adolescent, and a family in crisis. It’s compassionately and beautifully written, from the perspective of six key characters: Max the protagonist, his brother, parents, doctor and friend. Unlike Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex, which manages to convey the impression that intersex… Read more →
Lizzie Reis writes about the M.C case taken by Advocates for Informed Choice, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Crawford family and pro bono lawyers. Writing at Nursing Clio Reis says: M.C. had been identified male at birth, but his genitals were sufficiently indeterminate that surgeons removed his ambiguous phallus, a testis, and testicular tissue… Read more →
We’re deeply disappointed in the NSW Government’s late submission on the federal Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) [SDA] Bill. The state says there hasn’t been enough debate to add “intersex status”: In particular, insufficient time has been provided to assess the regulatory implications of the introduction of ‘intersex status’ as… Read more →
Advocates for Informed Choice, the Southern Poverty Law Center, pro bono lawyers and parents Pam and Mark Crawford have filed “the first ever impact litigation lawsuit” in the US for “performing an irreversible and medically unnecessary surgery on an infant who was in the state’s care at the time of the surgery”.
Our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013, welcoming the bill, and recommending changes to the preamble and exemptions.
Listen to the plenary presentation on intersex health by Morgan Carpenter to Health in Difference, the major Australian conference on the health needs of LGBTI peoples organised by the National LGBTI Health Alliance.
Do you identify as intersex and you’re not a member of OII Australia or AISSGA? Do you think that intersex is part of the trans umbrella? Brain intersex? Well, where were you when it came to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary and coerced sterilisation? Where were you when it came to intersex human rights and… Read more →
The opening, scene-setting, statement by Morgan Carpenter, secretary of OII Australia, at yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiry into involuntary and coerced sterilisation.
Our second submission to the Seante inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation is occasioned by new developments including new principles published in Victoria, a submission by the Chief Justice of the Family Court, and a Senate report on anti-discrimination law.
OII Australia welcomes the tabling* of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 in Parliament today. Intersex people even get a mention in the title of the bill. It adds the following definitions to a list of protected attributes: 7 Subsection 4 (1) Insert: intersex status means the status… Read more →
An important new medical protocol has just been released by the Health Department of Victoria today. We welcome this very important improvement in how intersex children are treated, and will provide a full analysis at the weekend. In the immediate term, we can advise that OII Australia’s key intervention came shortly after publication of the… Read more →
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