Editorial

IHRA editorials, policies, submissions

On genital surgeries

On genital surgeries

Intersex refers to atypical internal and/or external anatomical sexual characteristics, where features usually regarded as male or female may be mixed to some degree. This is a naturally occurring variation in humans.

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OII statement on the use of dexamethasone during pregnancy

This is a policy statement by the global board of OII, and is endorsed by OII Australia. We, the board members of the Organisation Intersex International, wish to express our support of Drs. Feder, Dreger and Lindemann, for their vigilance and efforts to ensure the safety of intersex infants and their mothers who are currently…
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OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

OII Australia’s Position Statement: DSM-V Draft, February 2010

Update: 2012 Submission to the APA on the DSM-5 Draft In June 2012, OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ released a submission to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. It extends this position statement, and presents research justifying our position. Our 2010 position statement,…
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What human rights are affected by early medical intervention?

What human rights are affected by early medical interventions aimed at “normalising” the bodies of intersex infants, children and adolescents? The Yogyakarta Principles In particular Principle 18: B: Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that no child’s body is irreversibly altered by medical procedures in an attempt to impose a gender…
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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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