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Joint statement to the Congregation for Catholic Education

Joint Statement on “Male and Female He Created Them”, Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education, by the Congregation for Catholic Education / Declaración conjunta sobre “Varón y mujer los creó” para una vía de diálogo sobre la cuestión de la teoría del género en la educación, por la Congregación para la Educación Católica / Dichiarazione congiunta su «Maschio e femmina li creò» Per una via di dialogo sulla questione del gender nell’educazione della Congregazione per l’educazione Cattolica.

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Initial response to the leak of the religious freedoms inquiry report

Religions have a long history of including intersex people (people born with sex characteristics that don’t fit medical or social norms for female or male bodies) in marriage, ordination, and other aspects of religious and daily life. Those forms of inclusion follow particular rules, and they don’t allow for self-determination, but they are not discriminatory,…
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Tony Briffa: “The Hippocratic Oath, Western Medicine, and the Children of Hermes and Aphrodite”

Tony Briffa has written on being intersex and Maltese Australian in the book Living and Loving in Diversity: An anthology of Australian multicultural queer adventures (chief editor Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Wakefield Press). The book was launched at the 2018 Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council conference, “Living Loving Diversity”, and an edited extract has been published by Archer…
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Salvation Army: intersex people “Made in God’s image”

Tony Briffa held a training and education event for the Salvation Army at the Mitcham Corps in Victoria on 3 April. An article about the event has now been posted to the Salvation Army’s Australian website. The training addressed ethical and privacy issues, and suggested best practice approaches. Tony said that the intersex community is…
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Gina Wilson on the Eleventh Day of Intersex: Intersex and religion

On the Eleventh Day of Intersex we draw your attention to intersex and religion. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be thought of as being male…
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Eighth Day of Intersex: Sally Gross

On the Eighth Day of Intersex we draw your attention to a true heroine of intersex people, Sally Gross. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be…
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Karin: “Church brutality”

What can be said in the face of this? I heard many rumours about this kind of thing going on in Western Australia for years, where many Irish Christian Brothers and Sisters of Mercy, and nuns from other orders, run boarding schools. My own mother was in the care of nuns, in another state. She…
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Submission to AHRC Project: Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century

Introduction: The Australian Human Rights Commission commissioned the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) in association with RMIT University and Monash University to prepare a report on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century. Interested people were invited to make submissions, by 28th February 2009. OII Australia made a submission on how religion treats intersex…
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