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Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

Intersex people and photography: US hospital staff photograph unconscious intersex person’s genitals

OII Australia is sensitive towards photographic depictions of intersex individuals. The reasons for OII Australia’s sensitivity are exemplified in this article about non-consensual photography. We can’t help but wonder if the photographic voyeurism, and staff attitudes towards this person’s body, impacted on the quality of care that was given – the person is known to…
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Style guide

Style guide: on intersex and terminology

A style guide to describing intersex people, intersex bodies, and the issues facing the intersex community. The guide, designed primarily for journalists and writers, contains video, audio and photographic content to illustrate the diversity of intersex identities, bodies and characteristics…

Nature, Volume 428 Issue 6984, 15 April 2004

Tony Briffa: “Intersex surgery disregards children’s human rights”

Five years ago, Tony Briffa had a letter published in the journal Nature. The issues it raises remain to be addressed: Countries across the world, along with the United Nations, have long recognized the rights of children to physical integrity and have banned the practice of female genital mutilation. True, the operations performed on children…
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OII Australia thanks Gilbert + Tobin

OII Australia wishes to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to law firm Gilbert + Tobin for their invaluable help in establishing Organisation Intersex International in Australia. We especially wish to thank Darren Fittler and his assistant Tamara Sim for assistance with incorporation, and Lauren Eade and Lisa Lennon for trademark research. Gilbert + Tobin…
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On health care

Our societies have accepted a binary construct between male and female which does not reflect Nature and the enormous variety of possible sexes which overlap one another in various gradations on a spectrum.

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On medical diagnoses and health information

OII is very sensitive to the individual’s right to privacy concerning medical information and does not require any release of medical information or any diagnosis to be a member of our support groups or organisation. OII members are instructed not to ask for a medical diagnosis from any member, leaving each member free to volunteer…
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Submission: OII Australia’s response to NSW Discussion Paper on Domestic & Family Violence

OII Australia has responded to the NSW state government Office for Women’s discussion paper on NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategic Framework. 16 March, 2009 Violence Prevention Coordinator Unit Office for Women’s Policy Department of Premier and Cabinet GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 Dear Manager, Organisation Intersex International’s response to the NSW discussion paper…
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Submission to AHRC Project: Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century

Introduction: The Australian Human Rights Commission commissioned the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) in association with RMIT University and Monash University to prepare a report on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century. Interested people were invited to make submissions, by 28th February 2009. OII Australia made a submission on how religion treats intersex…
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