Author: Morgan Carpenter

Intersex for allies

Intersex for allies

Intersex people are born with atypical sex characteristics. Intersex relates to a range of congenital physical traits or variations that lie between stereotypical definitions of male and female. Many different forms of intersex exist; it is an umbrella term, rather than a single category…

Intersex intersectionalities with disability

The intersex experience, and the intersex movement, has many intersectionalities with experiences of disability and the disability movement. This article introduces some of these issues. Intersex is a term which relates to a range of biological traits or variations that lie between “male” and “female”. An intersex person may have the biological attributes of both…
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OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ, today released a submission [PDF] to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Download our submission here [PDF]. The APA is the body that, until 1973, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The APA currently regards gender non-conformity to…
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“A medical condition is only as real as its definition”, Georgiann Davis on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis journal

Sociologist Georgiann Davis Ph.D. recently had published her paper on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis, Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 12, 155–182. The paper, “DSD is a perfectly fine term”: Reasserting Medical Authority Through a Shift in Intersex Terminology is a hugely important critique and highly recommended reading. The context Even though the diagnosis carried…
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Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW supports case for protection of intersex in federal law

Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW supports case for protection of intersex in federal law

The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW supports our case for protection of intersex in federal law, and makes a case for protection “on grounds of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity”. The Attorney General’s Department has recently consulted on proposals for consolidated Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation, and on a proposed National Human Rights Action…
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