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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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Intersex legislative issues 2012 – a brief summary

Please note that this document is no longer current, nor an accurate guide to the demands of intersex advocates in Australia. It has been superseded by the Malta Declaration, a Senate committee inquiry into the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people” and the 2017 Darlington Statement.

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Intersex health issues 2012 – a brief summary

Please note that this document is no longer current, nor an accurate guide to the demands of intersex advocates in Australia. It has been superseded by the Malta Declaration, a Senate committee inquiry into the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people” and the 2017 Darlington Statement.

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Rainbow Labor Conference report

Gina Wilson, president of OII Australia, shared a platform on “Community Groups on how Rainbow Labor can work with them” at the Rainbow Labor conference with Senthorun Raj from NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Amnesty International, NSW, Aram Hosie from the WA Gender Project and Inspire Foundation and WA Gender Project, and Alex…
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Canberra

Our response to the ACT law reform report “Beyond the Binary”

OII Australia notes the publication of the Australian Capital Territory’s report Beyond the Binary today. Download our full letter to the ACT government (PDF, signature redacted). Most of the press attention has been on the removal of surgical requirements for people transitioning gender, which is something that we wholeheartedly welcome for our trans friends. Sadly,…
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