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Statement by Candice at the screening of Arianna

Arianna

My name is Candice and I’m here tonight as a representative of OII Australia which is a human rights and peer support organisation for people who are intersex. I would like to thank Queer Screen for allowing us the opportunity to introduce Arianna and hopefully raise some awareness amongst you of what intersex entails. But…
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Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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LGBTI sponsorship and the elimination of intersex traits

The sponsorship of LGBTI events by IVF businesses raises ethical issues not just about the elimination of intersex traits, but also about the nature of community and comprehension of issues relating to intersex bodily diversity. Several recent conferences and events in Australia have included sponsorship or presentations by IVF businesses, promoting their services in family…
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Sexuality, sex and gender diversity?

What is sexuality, sex and gender diversity

Last night I was at a sombre event, an evening commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Around six people spoke; two of them were trans women of colour, and three speakers were representatives of institutions based in New South Wales. One of those representatives introduced himself as his organisation’s spokesperson on sexuality, sex and gender…
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Intersex rights and freedoms

Court of Conscience

OII Australia president, Morgan Carpenter, has been published in the UNSW Law Society journal “Court of Conscience” 2015 issue. The paper considers what it means to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits.

Publication of joint ICD submission

ICD submission group

Mauro Cabral of GATE has announced, via the Intersex Day project, publication of a 2014 community submission to the World Health Organization on reform of the International Classification of Diseases.

Intersex Day project commentaries for Intersex Awareness Day

Small Luk

A new Intersex Day project promoting human rights actions around Intersex Awareness Day and Intersex Day of Solidarity is presenting long-read commentary works by Morgan Holmes, Betsy Driver, Small Luk and more, as well as a compilation of events for the two intersex days around the world. Morgan Holmes is the only surviving intersex participant…
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Phoebe Hart writes on media coverage of intersex

Photo of Phoebe Hart

In the wake of some objectifying news coverage of intersex bodies in Australian, UK and international media, Phoebe Hart of the AISSGA writes an important piece on “My intersex body: more than an object of fascination or repulsion to be ‘fixed’” in the UK Independent newspaper. While I am sure Dr Michael Mosely’s account of…
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Congratulations to Mauro Cabral

Inaugural Bob Hepple Award winners

The visibility of the intersex movement is hampered by our worldwide lack of resourcing. It’s also notable that intersex and LGBT movements can often diverge: while most intersex people know a lot about issues affecting same sex attracted and transgender people, this is frequently not reciprocal. There are few intersex voices in LGBTI spaces, our…
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Intersex and ageing

Yellow orchid

A speech given on intersex and ageing to a local NSW audience on Monday 2 February by Morgan Carpenter. It follows the 2012 publication of an intersex-inclusive national strategy for LGBTI ageing and aged care. A massive subsequent shift in terminology from LGBT to LGBTI hasn’t been matched by an increase in understanding or action.

Intersex, brain differences, and the transgender tipping point

Laverne Cox - Time cover

Over a decade ago, intersex and trans activist Raven Kaldera wrote that trans people seeking classification as intersex might be seeking legitimisation, as if a physical cause is necessary to obtain social or familial validation. He said that trans people using brain sex theories to claim intersex status were basing a political stance on unproven…
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CeeCee Cody writes on XXY and intersex

Intersex people have all sorts of gender identities

In Australia, and indeed in the rest of the world, intersex is not recognised as a third gender identity but rather a biological state of being, meaning we are born intersex. Here in Australia, intersex has been in the news quite a lot over the last number of months and the reasons for that had…
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