Books and journals

Books and selected journal articles on intersex issues, including fiction, peer-reviewed papers, and biographies.

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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Advance notice: “Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia”

Advance notice: “Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia”

In February, a report of last year’s survey of people born with congenital atypical sex characteristics will be published. 272 people with atypical sex characteristics responded to the survey, enabling a comprehensive analysis in the largest study of intersex Australians yet conducted. It will be entitled “Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia” and the authors…
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Court of Conscience

Intersex rights and freedoms

OII Australia president, Morgan Carpenter, has been published in the UNSW Law Society journal “Court of Conscience” 2015 issue. The paper considers what it means to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits.

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UN Free & Equal campaign publishes intersex fact sheet

Overnight, the UN OHCHR released a long-awaited intersex fact sheet, as part of the Free&Equal campaign. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people…
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"Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis" by Georgiann Davis

Georgiann Davis, “Contesting Intersex”

Georgiann Davis’s first book, “Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis” is hotly awaited, and the first chapter has just become available online, from the publisher. Here are a couple of quotes (references omitted): I show how contemporary U.S. medical experts on intersex, like much of society, tend to hold narrow, essentialist understandings of sex, gender, and…
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None of the Above

“None of the Above”, by I W Gregorio

A debut novel by author, surgeon and mother I W Gregorio, “None of the Above” is an entertaining and realistic portrayal of life of an American intersex teen, aimed at other young adult readers. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like…
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Employers' guide to intersex inclusion

Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion

OII Australia is proud and delighted to partner with Pride in Diversity to publish the Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion. Written by Morgan Carpenter and Dawn Hough, the guide is kindly sponsored by IBM. A world-first, the guide presents information about intersex for employers and is available as a free PDF download…

Spinney Books

Schoolbook on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, and intersex status

We have recently received a copy of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, a schoolbook by Australian publisher The Spinney Press in their “Issues in Society” series. It also contains content on intersex people and intersex issues. That content includes an intersex for allies guide, and “It’s time to defend intersex rights“, an article on the…
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No scientific basis for current policy excluding elite intersex women from sport

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism this month contains a report on research by the International Association of Athletics Federations’ Medical and Anti-Doping Department and Commission, and others. It states that there is “no clear scientific evidence” for current policies excluding elite intersex women athletes from competitive sport on the basis of high androgen…
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ILGA Europe: Intersex - Summer 2014

ILGA Europe’s summer magazine talks about intersex equality

ILGA Europe has published its summer magazine, Destination Equality, and this issue focuses on intersex. It includes an article and other content by Morgan Carpenter. In this edition: Sophie Aujean, Senior Policy and Programmes Officer, explains how ILGA-Europe’s work on intersex issues has evolved, the importance of the three intersex forums in this context and…
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Radio National: Sydney Writers' Festival authors explore the definition of normality

Andrew Solomon on growing up different

Andrew Solomon A.M. Homes and Robert Hoges spoke recently at Sydney Writers’ Festival on growing up different from parents – something he terms “horizontal identity”, in contrast with (for example) ethnic heritage, and typically religion and nationality which are “vertical identities”, shared between family members. Radio National presented extracts of this talk on Monday 2…
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