Editorials

OII Australia editorials, policy statements and submissions.

Intersex and the Sex Files: good for trans*, bad for intersex

Australian Human Rights Commission: The Sex Files

OII Australia supports trans people in their call for human rights, in the same way we support all LGBTI peoples and other marginalized minorities. Sometimes, however, rights called for by one minority group can disadvantage another unless close strategic alliances are maintained so that proposed changes to the law do not accidentally impinge on rights….
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Australian Human Rights Commission releases 2011 consultation report

Australian Human Rights Commission releases 2011 consultation report

The Australian Human Rights Commission 2011 consultative report Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity discrimination is a landmark report. The inclusion of intersex people in this report indicates how crucial it is for us to directly engage with government and its agencies in seeking equality and human rights for intersex people. No nation…
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Rest in peace, Jo Proctor, late OII Australia board member

It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of OII Australia board member Jo Proctor. Jo ran the OII-NZ website and her keen legal mind benefited intersex people beyond Australia and New Zealand. Jo was often to be found online responding to the many common misconceptions about intersex and was tireless in…
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The Yogyakarta Principles and intersex people

The Yogyakarta Principles

The 2006 Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are an important development, primarily furthering the rights of LGBT people, but with a crucial principle of particular interest to intersex people. Principle 1: The Right to the Universal Enjoyment of Human Rights All human…
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Intersex Solidarity Day today, 8 November

Intersex Solidarity Day today, 8 November

Today is Intersex Solidarity Day and Herculine Barbin‘s Birthday. OII Australia and Organisation Intersex International would like to invite others to join us each year by commemorating November 8 as Intersex Solidarity Day. All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex human rights,…
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