Sex and gender recognition (page 7 of 8)

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

Australian Human Rights Commission releases 2011 consultation report

Australian Human Rights Commission releases 2011 consultation report

The Australian Human Rights Commission 2011 consultative report Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity discrimination is a landmark report. The inclusion of intersex people in this report indicates how crucial it is for us to directly engage with government and its agencies in seeking equality and human rights for intersex people. No nation…
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Australian Human Rights Commission consultation: terminology

Dear all Thank you very much for your contribution to the Commission’s brief consultation regarding the terminology used to describe people with a range of sex identities and gender identities. The majority of responses we received supported some means of separating issues relating to sexual orientation from those relating to sex and/or gender identity and…
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Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

Sydney Morning Herald on the recognition of non-specific gender

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday carried a story by Steve Dow on Norrie’s campaign for “legal recognition as a person of no specified sex”. Born male and transitioned to female, before choosing a middle path, the article presents Norrie’s personal journey. OII Australia believes that anyone should be able to choose a “not specified” sex…
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JakartaGlobe: “Gender confusion lands suspect in women’s prison”

JakartaGlobe: “Gender confusion lands suspect in women’s prison”

Two stories of a man with XXY sex chromosomes in Indonesia, who faced difficulties due to his upbringing as a girl. JakartaGlobe: “Gender confusion lands suspect in women’s prison” Medicine almost always assigns people with the XXY karyotype as male regardless of whether their sex is male, female, both or neither. Although Alterina Hofan says…
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WPATH disorders intersex while depathologizing transgender

From the ‘Response of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to the Proposed DSM 5 Criteria for Gender Incongruence’: (4) Adding a specifier of “with or without a Disorder of Sex Development” is an improvement over the need to use the “Not Otherwise Specified” diagnosis because individuals with intersex conditions may have a similar…
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Star Observer: Norrie may well be the first of their kind

Star Observer: Norrie may well be the first of their kind

Gina Wilson is quoted in this article about the impact of a third sex classification on intersex infants and children: SAGE said the decision was also a win for intersex children who might be registered as ‘Sex Not Specified’ until they decided what sex was right for them. However, Gina Wilson of Organisation Internationale des…
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Sydney Morning Herald: “Sexless in the city: a gender revolution”

Sydney Morning Herald: “Sexless in the city: a gender revolution”

Trans person Norrie is in the news: A spokeswoman for the Attorney-General’s department confirmed it was the first such certificate to state non-specified gender, and that even intersex children have their sex determined within weeks of birth. A Catholic ethicist, Nicholas Tonti-Filippini from the John Paul II Institute, said birth certificates should also record no…
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The Scavenger: “Sex not specified” mistakenly treats intersex as a non-binary gender identity

The Scavenger: “Sex not specified” mistakenly treats intersex as a non-binary gender identity

Reporting in The Scavenger mistakenly treats intersex as a non-binary gender identity: NSW Births Deaths and Marriages then issued the ‘Sex Not Specified’ Details Recognition Certificate in accordance with recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2009 report on the legal rights of sex and gender diverse people proposing a greater scope of legal…
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OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

Update: 2012 Submission to the APA on the DSM-5 Draft In June 2012, OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ released a submission to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. It extends this position statement, and presents research justifying our position. Our 2010 position statement,…
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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.