Personal stories

Personal stories and testimony, with a focus on testimony by people with intersex variations.

In a photo for ABC, Alex holds a sign asking "were you raised as a boy or girl?

You Can’t Ask That

Episode 3 of the new season of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That focuses on intersex people. Watch it in iView now.

Steph Lum, photo by Georgia Andrews. Glasses by Irene Kuzemko

Steph Lum: “Intersex self-love”

Steph Lum has won a prize for the poem “Intersex self-love”, in the Canberra SpringOut essay competition. Congratulations, Steph! Here’s the poem in its entirety.

Anick, filmed for the BBC

Meet Anick in ‘The Intersex Diaries’

Anick talks in a series of video and audio features with the BBC about his life, meeting other intersex people and his final surgery. Anick and Morgan (IHRA) were also interviewed by RightsInfo.

Health in Difference panel presentation

Steph Lum: panel presentation at Health in Difference

This speech was given in a panel presentation at the National LGBTI Health Alliance conference, Health in Difference, in Sydney, 12 April 2018. Good evening everyone, my name is Steph. My story is a story not often heard – it’s a story of just being a really boring everyday intersex person. Hey. Being intersex just…
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Jenny Brockie, on SBS Insight

SBS Insight screen episode on intersex people and medicine

On 7 November, SBS Insight screened a program on the medicalisation of intersex people. Several members and directors of OII Australia participated, in addition to parents and clinicians. The full episode is available to view online.

Tony Briffa

Tony Briffa: my experience as the first openly intersex Mayor

Tony Briffa has written for the Intersex Day Project on becoming the world’s first openly intersex elected public official. In 2009 and 2010 I was elected to the position of Deputy Mayor, and in 2011 I was elected Mayor. I am currently an elected Councillor. This all means that I became the first publicly ‘out’…
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People gathered in a circle

Stories of Intersex people from Nepal

Congratulations to Esan Regmi, Parsu Ram Rai, and Jensen Byrne for the publication of Stories of Intersex people from Nepal, today. The stories in this book are based upon the writings of intersex participants at the First Intersex National Meeting in Nepal, held on 8-9 February 2016 in Kathmandu. The meeting took place with support…
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Silent Tears project

The Silent Tears project

OII Australia board member Candice participated in the Silent Tears project this year. The multimedia exhibition by Belinda Mason, with Denise Beckwith, Dieter Knierim and Margherita Coppolino, reveals the lived experience of “20 women with disability who were subjected to violence and women with disability who have acquired disability as a result of violence”. Belinda…
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Small Luk

Intersex Day project commentaries for Intersex Awareness Day

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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Bonnie Hart

Bonnie Hart talks about intersex

Bonnie Hart, artist and president of AISSGA, speaks about intersex in this beautiful short video, as part of the QLives project.

Tony Briffa in the Star Observer

Tony Briffa on “coming out” as intersex

“Coming out” means something different for people with intersex variations, in contrast to the experience of LGB and trans/gender diverse people. Throughout childhood Briffa learned, often one piece at a time, the details of the intersex variation Briffa was born with: at five, that Briffa couldn’t have children; at 11, that Briffa wouldn’t have periods;…
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