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… Read more →
We have always had hopes that Amnesty International would embrace the problems of intersex people worldwide, and it is pleasing to note that the NSW branch has done so by adding intersex to its name now. Thank you, and we very much look forward to attending future meetings!
It is terrific to note that the Government of Victoria, or at least its Health instrumentality at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/ is not afraid to use the word ‘intersex.’ We commend them for not being too reticent to recognise intersex exists and that intersex people – 1:60 to 1:100 of the Australian population – have specific health needs… Read more →
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.
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… Read more →
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…