On 26 October, Intersex Awareness Day, co-chair Morgan Carpenter gave a talk at UTS entitled “Intersex, thinking outside the box: intersex, identity, harmful practices and 20 years of activism.” Date: Wednesday 26 October, 2016 Time: 12 to 1pm Location: CB08.02.002 (the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org This event was kindly supported by… Read more →
OII Australia and eight partner organisations collaborated in Rainbow Votes, coordinated by Corey Irlam. The Rainbow Votes coalition appreciates the comprehensive responses by the Australian Greens, Australian Labor Party and Liberal National Coalition to our 2016 LGBTI election survey. Members of the Rainbow Votes coalition of LGBTI rights and health organisations have assessed the content… Read more →
Tony Briffa will participate in a panel at an event on LGBTI carers, organised by Carers Victoria, on Wednesday 18 May 2016. The event organisers are Carers Victoria, who advise the following: This is a free community event. Celebrate LGBTI carers and people caring for LGBTI partners, friends and family members. Learn about inclusive support… Read more →
On 27 April, the Macquarie University Law Society will hold a “Social Justice Speaker Night” focusing on “LGBTQI+ & The Law”, sponsored by Clayton Utz. Speakers will include Jenny Leong (Greens MP for Newtown), Michael Kearney SC, Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) and Kate Gleeson (Macquarie University). The panel will be chaired by Jon Papadopoulo. The… Read more →
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… Read more →
We have a joint OII Australia/AISSGA stall in the Newtown Festival again this year. Come and pop by to say hello – it will also be Intersex Day of Solidarity. It’s a high profile spot, in the same location as in 2014 – stall 136, highlighted in the red circle in the image below. Last… Read more →
OII Australia president Morgan Carpenter writes on genetics research and more developments over the last twelve months in this year’s reflection on Intersex Awareness Day. In recent weeks, the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne announced the discovery of a new “syndrome leading to intersex”, one of at least 40 different and mostly genetic… Read more →
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… Read more →
Who are intersex people? What are some of the key health, cultural and human rights issues that shape intersex people and intersex bodies? An Intersex Awareness Day presentation and Q&A in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, by Morgan Carpenter, president of OII Australia. The event is kindly supported by UTS Equity and Diversity Unit.
On Friday, a side event was held at the UN Human Rights Council with intersex human rights defenders from five continents. Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) moderated a panel featuring Julius Kaggwa (SIPD, Uganda), Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese, Taiwan), Kimberly Zieselman (AIC, US) and Dan Ghattas (OII Europe, Germany). The event was very kindly supported by ILGA and COC Netherlands.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opened an expert meeting on intersex: “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights. Those foundational, bedrock principles of universality and equality mean that all of us, without exception, and regardless of our sex characteristics, are equally entitled to the protections of international human rights law.”
Morgan Carpenter (president, OII Australia) and Bonnie Hart (president of AISSGA) will jointly run a workshop at the National LGBTI Health Alliance’s Health in Difference conference, 2015. A world-first parliamentary report on intersex health was published in 2013, and in the same year, “intersex status” was added to federal anti-discrimination legislation. As the same time,… Read more →