Health and medical ethics

For an introduction to these issues, see our page on bodily integrity

Raising Rosie

Raising Rosie is a new book for parents of children born with variations of sex characteristics, written by Eric and Stephani Lohman, parents of a girl with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. When their daughter Rosie was born, Eric and Stephani Lohman found themselves thrust into a situation they were not prepared for. Born intersex – a…
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Reproductive Health Matters

Carpenter: “Intersex human rights: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change”

OII Australia co-chair Morgan Carpenter has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Reproductive Health Matters. Here is the article abstract: Intersex people and bodies have been considered incapable of integration into society. Medical interventions on often healthy bodies remain the norm, addressing perceived familial and cultural demands, despite concerns about necessity, outcomes, conduct and…
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LGBTI sponsorship and the elimination of intersex traits

The sponsorship of LGBTI events by IVF businesses raises ethical issues not just about the elimination of intersex traits, but also about the nature of community and comprehension of issues relating to intersex bodily diversity. Several recent conferences and events in Australia have included sponsorship or presentations by IVF businesses, promoting their services in family…
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OHCHR

Submission: list of issues for Australia’s Convention Against Torture review

OII Australia has submitted suggested issues for consideration by the UN Committee Against Torture, for its next review of Australia. A pattern of human rights abuses on infants, children and adolescents with intersex traits persists in Australia, including those that Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or…
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Rainbow Votes: intersex issues in the federal election

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…
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APF guide

Asia Pacific Forum guide on SOGI and intersex human rights

Overnight, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions has published an important guide to promoting and protecting human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. The guide was written by Chris Sidoti and Jack Byrne. The Australian Human Rights Commission is a member of the Asia Pacific Forum,…
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Stories of Intersex people from Nepal

Congratulations to Esan Regmi, Parsu Ram Rai, and Jensen Byrne for the publication of Stories of Intersex people from Nepal, today. The stories in this book are based upon the writings of intersex participants at the First Intersex National Meeting in Nepal, held on 8-9 February 2016 in Kathmandu. The meeting took place with support…
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Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia

New publication “Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia”

We are delighted to announce that the 2015 survey of people born with atypical sex characteristics has now been published. This survey was an independent research project led by Dr Tiffany Jones. The book has been peer reviewed and published by an academic publisher, Open Book Publishers. The strong team of co-authors includes a reference…
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Morgan Carpenter speaks at Arcus forum: “invisible no more”

Morgan Carpenter has been invited to speak on a panel on the international intersex human rights movement, presented at the conference Creating Change in Chicago, USA. Morgan spoke alongside Natasha Jímenez (Costa Rica), Julius Kaggwa (Uganda), Hiker Chiu (Taiwan), Silvan Agius (Malta) and Kimberly Zieselmen (US). Chicago, Illinois, USA. 22 January 2016. Invisible No More,…
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ICD submission group

Publication of joint ICD submission

Mauro Cabral of GATE has announced, via the Intersex Day project, publication of a 2014 community submission to the World Health Organization on reform of the International Classification of Diseases.