Brochures and reports

Brochures, leaflets, reports, and other documents.

Genetic selection is already an LGBTI issue

Submission on the ethics of genetic selection against intersex traits

OII Australia has just made a submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in relation to a review of Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007 (ART guidelines). Part B of the ART guidelines provides ethical guidelines for the clinical…
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Torture in Healthcare Settings

New publication: Torture in Healthcare Settings

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law has just published an important new book, Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s 2013 Thematic Report. The book contains a chapter on intersex issues, beginning on page 91, authored by Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed…
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Third International Intersex Forum, 2013

High Court: NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v. Norrie

Update: We welcome the High Court judgement to recognise Norrie as having “non-specific” gender. We take no pleasure in having to comment on this case, currently before the High Court, Australia’s highest court, which has a hearing likely to be heard on 4 March 2014. However, the case raises the stakes for intersex people in…
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VEOHRC GP Guidelines

We welcome the VEOHRC Guidelines for General Practitioners

We welcome the publication of guidelines for general practitioners by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. With our input, it includes a good statement about what constitutes discrimination by family doctors towards intersex people. The statement reads: Intersex people are a distinct group from transgender people and may experience different forms of discrimination….
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Human Rights between the Sexes

Human rights between the sexes, a study

In November 2013, Dr Dan Christian Ghattas of OII Germany, together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, published a preliminary study on the human rights of intersex people in 12 countries around the world, including Australia, along with Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, and Uruguay. While a preliminary study,…
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The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing

Funding for intersex human rights and community development work

In the second half of 2013, OII Australia participated in a ground-breaking study by Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) and American Jewish World Service (AJWS) on funding for trans* and intersex community and human rights work. The study, The State of Trans* and Intersex Organizing, was published in December 2013 and the results are…
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Statement on the Senate report ‘Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’

Statement on the Senate report ‘Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia’

The joint, cross-party report, “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”, was published on 25 October 2013. It raises major concerns about medical ethics and the human rights of people with intersex variations in Australia. Intersex people are born with variations in physical sex characteristics, such as anatomy or chromosomes. Intersex status is…
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Parliament

Concluding submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation

Given a time extension for the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and also a rapidly changing context due to new information, national and international developments, we took the opportunity to make a concluding submission to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs. The terms of reference for the Inquiry explicitly include the sterilisation and…
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Parliament

New, fourth, submission on involuntary sterilisation

We have made a fourth submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people, and it has now been published by the Senate. This submission, as with previous supplementary submissions, presents or analyses new information not available at the time of earlier submissions. It follows publication of…
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Intersex for parents.

Information for parents

If you’re a new parent of an intersex child, or if you’re planning a pregnancy, or you’ve recently discovered that your child has an intersex variation, this page provides support information and resources.

Parliament

Submission on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

Our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013 has just been published. While not as comprehensive as the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill, which seemingly could not generate sufficient support this side of an election, we welcome the tabled Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual…
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