Editorials

IHRA editorials, policy statements and submissions.

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On intersex birth registrations

Intersex people in several Australian are able to obtain an administrative correction of intersex birth registrations, including correction to alternative male, female, or (in some cases) blank designation.

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Six key issues for intersex health, 2009

Issue 1: An end to non-consensual infant genital surgery. OII opposes all cosmetic (non-essential) surgery on infants without their full and informed participation in decision-making and their agreement…

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Testosterone: suffering the system, not the medication

Woohoo! I’m on a four month posting from Australia to Ireland, courtesy of my employer. I’ve just collected my latest Testogel medication from a local pharmacy and I’m excited! Why the excitement? Well, here’s a little background: like almost all adults with intersex conditions, I’m infertile and I need HRT to help maintain my weight,…
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Our thanks to Corey Irlam

Our thanks to Corey Irlam

No major social change is ever accomplished alone, and usually involves the combined efforts of many people in back rooms, hotel rooms and off to the side of plushly decorated conference rooms. The same principle applied when OII Australia and our allies recently worked behind the scenes to ensure that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) finally…
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AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

OII Australia is sensitive towards photographic depictions of intersex individuals. The reasons for OII Australia’s sensitivity are exemplified in this article about non-consensual photography. We can’t help but wonder if the photographic voyeurism, and staff attitudes towards this person’s body, impacted on the quality of care that was given – the person is known to…
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Style guide

Style guide: on intersex and terminology

A style guide to describing intersex people, intersex bodies, and the issues facing the intersex community. The guide, designed primarily for journalists and writers, contains video, audio and photographic content to illustrate the diversity of intersex identities, bodies and characteristics…

Nature, Volume 428 Issue 6984, 15 April 2004

Tony Briffa: “Intersex surgery disregards children’s human rights”

Five years ago, Tony Briffa had a letter published in the journal Nature. The issues it raises remain to be addressed: Countries across the world, along with the United Nations, have long recognized the rights of children to physical integrity and have banned the practice of female genital mutilation. True, the operations performed on children…
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OII Australia thanks Gilbert + Tobin

OII Australia wishes to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to law firm Gilbert + Tobin for their invaluable help in establishing Organisation Intersex International in Australia. We especially wish to thank Darren Fittler and his assistant Tamara Sim for assistance with incorporation, and Lauren Eade and Lisa Lennon for trademark research. Gilbert + Tobin…
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