Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

Intersex Awareness Day, 2018

Aboriginal, Intersex and Australian flags flying in Altona, Intersex Awareness Day 2018

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of a demonstration by ‘Hermaphrodites with Attitude’ and allies outside a paediatrics conference, from which intersex advocates had been excluded. Today, our voices can no longer be dismissed. We mark many things.   To mark Intersex Awareness Day, five intersex advocates representing three organisations returned to the Commonwealth Parliament on…
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Inaugural Darlington Intersex Ally Award

The Darling award 2018

Tomorrow, on Intersex Awareness Day, a consortium of intersex-led and allied organisations working towards implementation of the Darlington Statement in Australia will proudly announce the recipient of the first annual Darlington intersex ally award, the Darling. The Darling will be presented to an organisation, institution or individual that demonstrates a commitment to action on intersex human rights beyond affirming the Darlington Statement.

Submission to the Law Reform Commission of WA

Coat of arms of the State of Western Australia

Debate about legal gender recognition in Western Australia has thankfully shifted the debate in Australia from one focused on the recognition of non-binary gender categories to one that questions the necessity of legal registration of sex and gender at all.

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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AHRC launches major consultation project: Protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions

AHRC launches major consultation project: Protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions

The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a major project to consult on protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions. The project is being assisted by an expert reference group that includes directors of IHRA, AISSGA and representatives of other intersex/parent-led organisations, disability and…
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My Health Records

My Health Record logo

At present, a minority of Australian have digital health records, and such records are not used routinely. As the number of people with digital records increases, it is likely that they will increasingly be used as a way of documenting and tracking our health. The implementation of the government’s national My Health Records scheme for…
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Affirm the Darlington Statement

Darlington 2 retreat participants

Following the second Australian-Aotearoa/NZ intersex advocacy retreat, we invite you and your organisations to affirm the Darlington Statement in support of intersex human rights.

We are now “Intersex Human Rights Australia”

OII Australia is now Intersex Human Rights Australia

At a Special General Meeting on 4 March 2018, members approved a change in name to “Intersex Human Rights Australia” (IHRA) from OII Australia. This name change more closely represents our work, promoting human rights and particularly protection of bodily autonomy and freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and providing education and information.

Statement on Re: Kelvin

We commend the Full Court of the Family Court in deciding to permit a competent transgender adolescent to make their own informed decision about stage 2 hormone treatment, in consultation with clinicians and their parents. We hope that Kelvin is also well connected with his peers. As the Australian Human Rights Commission has noted, this…
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The Yogyakarta Principles +10 launched

My Body, My Choice

An important and long-awaited supplement to the Yogyakarta Principles is published today. The Principles apply international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and now also gender expression and sex characteristics.