Personal stories

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

Transcript: Intersex people at a public hearing of the Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation


Hansard transcripts of the March 2013 public hearings for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation have been published. Several issues are striking, not least the commonalities between the medical treatment of intersex people and the medical treatment of people with disabilities. We are grateful for the support of disability organisations like People with…
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AutoStraddle: “Claudia Is Intersex, Let’s Talk About It”


AutoStraddle has recently published a great piece by OII USA Associate Director, Claudia Astorino. In the US, intersex has generally been left out of LGBTI (here in Australia, it’s typically put in, even in situations where an organisation doesn’t know much about intersex). Claudia talks about this in her article: Intersex is now being included…
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Ten years of ‘X’ passports, and no protection from discrimination

'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

A note of caution: most people with intersex variations are simply men or women, with atypical sex characteristics. OII Australia acknowledges that people with intersex variations may be male, female, or identify with multiple or non-binary genders, just like other people. X passports are available not only to people with intersex variations, but also to…
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