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Birth registrations and the necessity or prohibition of medical treatment

Historically and currently, Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) legislation is used to make trans people undergo medical treatment in order to change the sex marker on their documentation. Despite this, the link between birth registrations and medical treatment on intersex people is not clearly understood. Indeed, this area of legislation is often seen as an…
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Morgan on intersex in The Guardian, “Australia can lead the way…”

On 18 June 2013, The Guardian newspaper published an article by OII Australia president Morgan Carpenter on recent progress for intersex people in Australia. The article presents information on the progress towards our inclusion in anti-discrimination legislation, plus the new federal sex and gender recognition guidelines – and also our attempts to raise vital issues…
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Andrew Bock on intersex, in The Age newspaper

Christy North

A version of this article, by journalist Andrew Bock, was one of two published by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers on 20 June this year. This is the full original text of the feature article, with title and text as written and kindly made available for publication here by Andrew Bock. Intersexuality and…
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Gina Wilson writes on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

OII Australia was recently invited to attend a briefing on the proposed NSW Marriage Equality bill at parliament house and Gina Wilson attended as president of the organisation. A number of issues were discussed in respect of intersex people. It is now possible for intersex people to have an ‘X’ as sex designator on their…
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Morgan Holmes on “Locating Third Sexes”

In the journal Transformations, Morgan Holmes writes about a third sex or gender. Morgan Holmes approaches the subject as a scholar and an intersex person; she was formerly a member of ISNA and is now an assistance professor of sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. The paper is recommended reading for people interested…
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Cary Gabriel Costello: “On Trans Gender Identity and the “Intersex Brain”

Cary Gabriel Costello: “On Trans Gender Identity and the “Intersex Brain”

Intersex activist and sociology professor Cary Gabriel Costello blogs eloquently on the belief that transgender identities are a kind of “brain intersex”. He identifies the relationship between the pathologisation of homosexuality and similar efforts to discover a biological basis for sexual orientation, discusses “neurosexism” and brain plasticity, and also the impact on the ability of…
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Opinion by Chris Somers: The fear amongst medicine and its allies of intersex people potentially gaining human rights

There appears to be an abject fear of allowing intersex people any rights whatsoever. More specifically, an alarming number of medical, allied personnel and others deliberately place blinkers upon themselves. What they are afraid of is any peripheral vision lest they see the clear scientific findings about a human reality that really does exist. There…
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Video: Intersex documentary “Intersexion”

Long awaited documentary about the experiences of a number of intersex people around the world, Intersexion, was made for New Zealand television broadcaster TV One by Grant Lahood with the assistance of Wellington-resident intersex activist and counsellor Mani Bruce Mitchell.