Editorial

IHRA editorials, policies, submissions

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On intersex birth registrations

Intersex people in several Australian are able to obtain an administrative correction of intersex birth registrations, including correction to alternative male, female, or (in some cases) blank designation.

Equal Love

Gina Wilson’s speech to the Equal Love Rally, Canberra, 7 November 2009

Friends, I am here today to support marriage equality. Let me tell you how that seems from an intersex perspective. First, a quick explanation of intersex. Intersex people are individuals who do not fit common perceptions of maleness and femaleness. Intersex people are individuals who have genetic, hormonal, congenital and other differences that might be…
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Six key issues for intersex health, 2009

Issue 1: An end to non-consensual infant genital surgery. OII opposes all cosmetic (non-essential) surgery on infants without their full and informed participation in decision-making and their agreement…

Parliament

Letter to Australian Senate Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee Dear Senators, OII Australia is the regional arm of Organisation Intersex International, the largest intersex organisation in the world with representatives on every continent and communicating in at least twelve languages. OII Australia supports the submissions of the Australian Coalition for Equality, Equal Love, the Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights…
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Parliament

Submission to the Federal Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee Dear Senators, OII Australia is the regional arm of Organisation Intersex International, the largest intersex organisation in the world with representatives on every continent and communicating in at least twelve languages. OII Australia supports the submissions of the Australian Coalition for Equality, Equal Love, the Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights…
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Testosterone: suffering the system, not the medication

Woohoo! I’m on a four month posting from Australia to Ireland, courtesy of my employer. I’ve just collected my latest Testogel medication from a local pharmacy and I’m excited! Why the excitement? Well, here’s a little background: like almost all adults with intersex conditions, I’m infertile and I need HRT to help maintain my weight,…
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Our thanks to Corey Irlam

Our thanks to Corey Irlam

No major social change is ever accomplished alone, and usually involves the combined efforts of many people in back rooms, hotel rooms and off to the side of plushly decorated conference rooms. The same principle applied when OII Australia and our allies recently worked behind the scenes to ensure that the Australian Labor Party (ALP) finally…
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AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.

Parliament

Submission on the Federal Department of Health & Ageing’s new National Women’s Health Policy

19 June, 2009 The Hon Nicola Roxon Minister for Health and Ageing Organisation Intersex International Australia’s response to the Department of Health and Ageing discussion paper on a New National Woman’s Health Policy. Organisation intersex International (OII) is the world’s largest intersex organisation. It is the only intersex organisation that is made up of, predominantly,…
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Submission to the Australian National Human Rights Consultation

15 June 2009 Organisation Intersex International Australia’s Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation Organisation intersex International (OII) is the world’s largest intersex organisation. It is the only intersex organisation that is made up of, predominantly, intersex individuals with 98% of our membership identifying as intersex. Organisation Intersex International Australia is the Australian arm of…
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