IHRA editorials, policies, submissions

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Allies at the Senate Inquiry on the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

We’d like to publicly thank all of the allies and other organisations who supported our assertions that intersex needs to be a specific attribute in the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill, including the numerous organisations and individuals who made written submissions, and the people who mentioned intersex during the Senate Inquiry hearings. What the discussions…
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Senate hearings on the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

Yesterday, Gina Wilson and myself, Morgan Carpenter, had the enormous privilege of speaking to the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding intersex provisions in the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill. We made a range of statements in line with our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the bill, and also tabled a document,…
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'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

Ten years of ‘X’ passports, and no protection from discrimination

Read about bodily integrity, and eliminating harmful practices Read about eugenics, prenatal screening and elimination Read about discrimination, and stigma Read about identification documents, sex and gender Important note: this paper should not be regarded as a guide to our current policy on identification documents. Our approaches have been informed by community-building and evidence-building, and…
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“Sex and Gender Diverse” discussion paper on terminology

This paper was updated in September 2013, with a new final “impact” section that reflects the discontinuation of “SGD” and “DSG” terminology by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and many other organisations. We recommend browsing the Videos, Audio and Personal Stories sections of this website to gain familiarity with the diversity of intersex identities, genders,…
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Open Letter on Intersex to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Hida Viloria, the global chair of Organisational Intersex International, has co-ordinated an open letter to Her Excellency Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The letter was drafted by Hida Viloria, OII USA, and presented at the second ILGA Intersex Forum, currently taking place in Stockholm. Co-signatories to the letter come from across…
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Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics report on Intersexuality

Ground-breaking Swiss report on infant surgery, a review

Earlier this month, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics published an opinion document, On the management of differences of sex development, Ethical issues relating to “intersexuality”. Copies are available via the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in English. This is a brief review of the key points in that position document. Our…
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Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill

First thoughts on the federal anti-discrimination proposals

OII Australia was disappointed but not surprised that intersex was not specifically included in the recently released Anti-Discrimination Consolidation Bill. From the exposure draft, page 15: Section 6 of the proposed bill includes the following definition: gender identity means: (a) the identification, on a genuine basis, by a person of one sex as a member…
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Intersex and intersectionalities

The rights and concerns of intersex people do not simply overlap the rights and concerns of women, of LGBT people and of disabled people, we exist at the intersection between these different forms of discourse.

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Intersex people and marriage, an analysis by Gina Wilson

In the light of debate around same sex marriage, marriage equality and the legal recognition of intersex people, Gina Wilson writes on the marriage rights of intersex people. The first thing to address is our right to marriage of any sort. When the Howard government proposed changes to the definition in the Marriage Act so…
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