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Intersex intersectionalities with lesbian and gay communities

Morgan Carpenter, OII Australia board member, wrote and presented this paper at the After ‘Homosexual’ conference in Melbourne in February 2012. The focus is on intersectionalities with people experiencing same-sex attraction.

Senthorun Raj, LGBTI human rights activist

Thank you and happy holidays, Sen!

OII Australia wishes to thank another of our longstanding allies in the Australian LGBTQI community, Senthorun Raj, for all his support over the years. Happy holidays, Sen!

Thank you and happy holidays, Corey Irlam!

Thank you and happy holidays, Corey Irlam!

OII Australia wishes to thank one of our longstanding allies in the Australian LGBTQI community, Corey Irlam, for all his support over the years. Happy holidays, Corey!

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) pathologizes intersex people in its Standards of Care, version 7

Re: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People, 7th version, wpath.org In an act of breathtaking hypocrisy the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) has released pathologizing guidelines for the treatment of intersex children and adults who reject their birth assignments. WPATH…
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Intersex and the DSM

UPDATE: OII Australia and OII Aotearoa have released a submission on the DSM-5, which can be read here [PDF] in June 2012. This submission supersedes the following position statement. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is currently rewriting the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM). This will be its fifth full revision, the DSM-V. See: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx The…
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OII Australia Anti-Violence Statement

OII Australia opposes the use of violence, threats or personal insults as a way of pursuing objectives. OII Australia has a duty of care towards its members, and will not knowingly put members in a position where they might become subject to such behaviour. OII Australia strongly supports the use of collaboration and dialogue as…
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OII Australia and ‘ISGD’ – a response to the debate

This is a response to an article by Tracie O’Keefe and Indi Edwards Roughsedge, What is intersex and how does it fit into ISGD?, published on 31 May 2011. That article is a response to an article by OII Australia, ‘ISGD’ and the appropriation of intersex published on 22 May 2011. Both are worth reading…
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‘ISGD’ and the appropriation of intersex

“I’ve been waiting for years for you to show up. It’s clear that transsexuals are not going to get our rights until intersexuals do.” (quoted by Suzanne Kessler, 1998) “Intersex is not one but many sites of contested being, [with] temporally sutured biomedical, political and social imperatives… ‘Intersex’ is a sign constantly under erasure, whose…
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Intersex and ISGD: yet another attempt to co-opt intersex?

The new catch-all term being heavily promoted in Sydney, “Intersex, Sex and/or Gender Diverse”, comes across as yet another variation on what Alice Dreger and ISNA did with their attempt to erase intersex with DSD, standing for “Disorders of Sex Development”. A previous attempt at extending & replacing intersex DSD was sold to the medical…
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