Intersex people have innate sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies, and that create risks and experiences of stigma, discrimination and harm. We have many different kinds of bodies and life experiences.
Intersex Human Rights Australia is a national not-for-profit company by and for people with innate variations of sex characteristics. We were formerly known as OII Australia. We promote human rights, health and bodily autonomy. Our goals are to help create a society where intersex people are not stigmatised, and where our rights are recognised.
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How can you act as an ally to intersex people? This page contains introductory information and video resources.
We all have a right to bodily integrity, to not be subjected to invasive or irreversible medical procedures that modify sex characteristics, unless necessary to avoid serious, urgent and irreparable harm.
Clinicians are increasingly raising their voices in opposition to forced and coercive interventions, including Physicians for Human Rights and the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. More action is needed – particularly in Australia.
All populations that suffer health inequalities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and people with intersex variations are no exception.
The intersex population is far more diverse than commonly understood. This page presents details based on a 2015 independent Australian sociological survey.
A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in detention settings.
A briefing on discrimination issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics due to our bodies, identities, or assumptions about our identities.
A briefing paper on domestic and family violence and intersex people.
A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in education settings.
Guidance on including people born with variations of sex characteristics in forms and other forms of data collection.
Many intersex traits are genetic, with an identified origin. The elimination of such traits from the gene pool is an established and growing phenomenon.
Are clinical guidelines enough to eliminate human rights violations against intersex people in medical settings? Reviewing the evidence, we believe they are inadequate, and their prerequisites do not exist.
A briefing and guidance on understanding and respecting the diverse sex classifications and gender identities of people with intersex variations.
The rights and concerns of intersex people overlap and intersect with the rights and concerns of women, LGBT people, and disabled and racialised peoples.
If you are writing about intersex people, our bodies, identities and human rights concerns, this page outlines why we use words the way we do.
This page is for new parents of an intersex child, prospective parents planning a pregnancy or undergoing genetic or preconception screening, and also parents of older children.
Guidance on including people with innate variations of sex characteristics in research studies and surveys.
A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in sport settings.
Multiple UN Treaty Body committees have issued concluding observations to Australia on the rights of children with intersex variations.
Guidance for employers, union representatives and staff on intersex issues and inclusion in the workplace.