Sex and gender recognition (page 5 of 7)

For an introduction to these issues, see our page on identification documents

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Equal Rights Trust: Testimony by Gina Wilson on rights for intersex people

The UK’s Equal Rights Trust has just published testimony by OII Australia president, Gina Wilson, in The Equal Rights Review, Vol. 10. Gina talks about her personal background, her work as an activist, and the issues we face in seeking human rights, including intersex and the sex binary, the medical model, invisibility in human rights…
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Submission on government recognition of sex and gender

This submission has been superseded by later policy, based on the 2013 Malta Declaration, a joint submission to the Attorney General’s Department on amending the guidelines, 2015 2017 Darlington Statement

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Response to the ACT government on ‘Beyond the Binary’

The government of the Australian Capital Territory has published its response to “Beyond the Binary”, a report on legal recognition of “sex and gender diversity” in the jurisdiction. We express serious and fundamental concerns.

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Ten years of ‘X’ passports, and no protection from discrimination

Read about bodily integrity, and eliminating harmful practices Read about eugenics, prenatal screening and elimination Read about discrimination, and stigma Read about identification documents, sex and gender Important note: this paper should not be regarded as a guide to our current policy on identification documents. Our approaches have been informed by community-building and evidence-building, and…
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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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First thoughts on the federal anti-discrimination proposals

OII Australia was disappointed but not surprised that intersex was not specifically included in the recently released Anti-Discrimination Consolidation Bill. From the exposure draft, page 15: Section 6 of the proposed bill includes the following definition: gender identity means: (a) the identification, on a genuine basis, by a person of one sex as a member…
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Intersex and intersectionalities

The rights and concerns of intersex people do not simply overlap the rights and concerns of women, of LGBT people and of disabled people, we exist at the intersection between these different forms of discourse.

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Creating a third gender creates a whole new set of problems

A number of erstwhile allies of intersex people have supposed that intersex people want the legislative creation of a third gender or a third sex. Sex – male and female in a sex binary system, and gender – man and woman under the gender binary system, are two very different though related things. The reality is that…
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Simon Rice of the ACT LRAC: intersex “compromised physical sexual identity”

ABC Radio National’s The Law Report broadcasted a program of direct relevance to intersex people in Australia and overseas this morning. In a feature entitled Better recognition for transgender people under the law on 8 November 2011 the program utilised pathologizing language and concepts. Damien Carrick presented; guests were Steven Penglis (Freehills Solicitors in Perth), Peter…
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