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Intersex health issues 2012 – a brief summary

Please note that this document is no longer current, nor an accurate guide to the demands of intersex advocates in Australia. It has been superseded by the Malta Declaration, a Senate committee inquiry into the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people” and the 2017 Darlington Statement.

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Rainbow Labor Conference report

Gina Wilson, president of OII Australia, shared a platform on “Community Groups on how Rainbow Labor can work with them” at the Rainbow Labor conference with Senthorun Raj from NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Amnesty International, NSW, Aram Hosie from the WA Gender Project and Inspire Foundation and WA Gender Project, and Alex…
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Our response to the ACT law reform report “Beyond the Binary”

OII Australia notes the publication of the Australian Capital Territory’s report Beyond the Binary today. Download our full letter to the ACT government (PDF, signature redacted). Most of the press attention has been on the removal of surgical requirements for people transitioning gender, which is something that we wholeheartedly welcome for our trans friends. Sadly,…
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Intersex and trans roundtable meeting on health

Gina Wilson and Morgan Carpenter from OII Australia participated in the National LGBTI Health Alliance‘s first intersex and trans roundtable at the offices of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 18 and 19 June. Other intersex participants were Sandra, president of the AIS Support Group Australia, and Andrew, representing a Tasmanian group. From the Press…
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OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ, today released a submission [PDF] to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Download our submission here [PDF]. The APA is the body that, until 1973, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The APA currently regards gender non-conformity to…
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Senate enquiry into marriage equality: Gina Wilson (OII Aus) and Chris Meney (Catholic ‘Life, Marriage & Family Centre’) testify

On 4 May 2012, the federal Senate received oral submissions on the issue of marriage equality in a session at the NSW State Parliament. The raw transcript is enlightening about local Catholic hierarchy attitudes towards intersex people. Here, Senator Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, asks a question of Chris Meney, of the Catholic ‘Life,…
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Submission to the 2012 Senate enquiry on marriage equality

Honourable Senators, (introduction on OII Australia omitted) OII Australia supports the rights of all Australians to marriage. We support the submissions of the NSW and Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, The LGBTI Health Alliance and those of Dr Paul Martin and others that demonstrate the positive mental health outcomes for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual…
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“A medical condition is only as real as its definition”, Georgiann Davis on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis journal

Sociologist Georgiann Davis Ph.D. recently had published her paper on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis, Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 12, 155–182. The paper, “DSD is a perfectly fine term”: Reasserting Medical Authority Through a Shift in Intersex Terminology is a hugely important critique and highly recommended reading. The context Even though the diagnosis carried…
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Joy 94.9 ‘Take Care on Air’ interview with Morgan on intersex intersectionalities with LGBTI

Morgan Carpenter, board member of OII Australia, was recently interviewed by JOY 94.9 radio program Take Care {on} Air on the subject of intersex intersectionalities with other aspects of LGBTQI. The podcast MP3 audio file has become available to download and listen to.  Downoad the interview MP3 direct Read a 10 minute conference presentation on intersex intersectionalities with LGBTI

Senthorun Raj, LGBTI human rights activist

Thank you and happy holidays, Sen!

OII Australia wishes to thank another of our longstanding allies in the Australian LGBTQI community, Senthorun Raj, for all his support over the years. Happy holidays, Sen!