How can you act as an ally to intersex people? This page contains introductory information and video resources.
Browse key IHRA and selected third-party resources. From early 2021, key IHRA resources on this page are regularly updated and reviewed by a subcommittee of our staff and board that includes a bioethicist, an education specialist, lawyer and medical doctor.
A video-recorded debate at the 2020 Melbourne Medical Student Conference between paediatric surgeons John Hutson and Sonia Grover, and bioethicists Morgan Carpenter (IHRA) and Clare Delany.
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.
Body shaming is an intersex issue, perhaps even more than any other issue. This post intersperses quotations about intersex infants and children with quotations about the bodies of public figures.
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 Darlington Statement is a joint consensus statement by Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex organisations and independent advocates, agreed in March 2017. It sets out the priorities and calls to action by the intersex human rights movement in our countries.
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.
We have struggled with symbols used to denote intersex people, so Morgan created one that is free for the world to use.
Guidance on including people born with variations of sex characteristics in forms and other forms of data collection.
Intersex Human Rights Australia and Intersex Peer Support Australia invite you to support the work of our organisations and realise the vision of the Darlington Statement.
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.
These health and wellbeing resources work together to visually map established healthcare needs and highlight potential gaps in services.
A briefing and guidance on understanding and respecting the diverse sex classifications and gender identities of people with intersex variations.
Guides to inclusive practice, to help make your service, program or project intersex-friendly.
The rights and concerns of intersex people overlap and intersect with the rights and concerns of women, LGBT people, and disabled and racialised peoples.
The lived experience of intersex people, and the intersex movement, have many intersectionalities with experiences of disability and the disability movement.
IHRA’s Morgan Carpenter wrote and presented this paper at the After ‘Homosexual’ conference in Melbourne in February 2012. The focus is on intersectionalities with same-sex attracted people.
This page details some of the general differences and similarities between the experiences of transgender and gender diverse people, and people with intersex variations.
Thank you to Rochelle Oh for creating this exceptionally good animated introduction to intersex.
Between 29 November and 1 December 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. The event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents, and produced a common declaration.
This submission to a Senate inquiry on an exposure draft marriage bill discusses the role of medical interventions in preparing intersex bodies for marriage, as well as issues accessing marriage. It analyses the implications of marriage laws in Australia before marriage equality.
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.
Peer support is available for people with intersex variations (also known as ‘differences of sex development’) and our families and carers. Find out how to access support here.
There are no firm population figures for people with intersex variations, due to stigma, misconceptions, lack of accurate recording of data, arbitrary definitions, and ideological values.
Guidance on including people with innate variations of sex characteristics in research studies and surveys.
IHRA is currently engaged on a significant project to provide policy advice and develop resources for the Victorian Department of Health. The first step in the resources component of this project is this review of existing resources.
In November 2017, SBS Insight screened a program on the medicalisation of intersex people. Several IHRA members and directors participated, as well as parents and clinicians. The full episode is available to view online.
Our statement on the new cross-party report, “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”, published on 25 October 2013 and raising major concerns about medical ethics and the human rights of people with intersex variations in Australia.
In the Commonwealth Parliament tonight, senators from each of the three main parties gave extraordinary and powerful speeches. We heard clear recognition that the medical treatment of intersex people is a human rights issue, that intersex is not a disorder, and that intersex people must be heard.
A briefing on issues affecting people with innate variations of sex characteristics in sport settings.
In TEDx-style, Steph Lum (then IHRA co-chair) presents experiences of some intersex women, in personal relationships and accessing appropriate healthcare, at the Women Deliver 2019 conference in Vancouver.
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This report, on the ways that intersex is used by educators, was published in June 2001. The analysis and recommendations are as valid today as they were then.
A timeline of legal, community and other key reforms in Australian jurisdictions. This page highlights good practice and documents the history of them and other developments.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has published an essential new background note on human rights violations against intersex people.
Multiple UN Treaty Body committees have issued concluding observations to Australia on the rights of children with intersex variations.
A briefing on working, Australian and international definitions of intersex.
Guidance for employers, union representatives and staff on intersex issues and inclusion in the workplace.
An important and long-awaited supplement to the Yogyakarta Principles is published today. The Principles apply international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and now also gender expression and sex characteristics.
Episode 3 of season 4 of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That focuses on intersex people. Watch it in iView now.
Finding out you have an intersex variation can be a surprise! It doesn’t mean you’re alone. There are heaps of us out here with different intersex variations.
In YOUth & I, intersex youth tell their own stories, how they want to and in their own way. YOUth & I is an Australian publication created and edited by Steph Lum, and supported by the ACT Capital of Equality grants program. Download a free copy.
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