Press

Key or significant press reports on, by, or about OII Australia, our people, and our work. Articles that received significant press attention are also included, with links to press reports.

Phoebe Hart writes on media coverage of intersex

Photo of Phoebe Hart

In the wake of some objectifying news coverage of intersex bodies in Australian, UK and international media, Phoebe Hart of the AISSGA writes an important piece on “My intersex body: more than an object of fascination or repulsion to be ‘fixed’” in the UK Independent newspaper. While I am sure Dr Michael Mosely’s account of…
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UN Free & Equal campaign publishes intersex fact sheet

OHCHR

Overnight, the UN OHCHR released a long-awaited intersex fact sheet, as part of the Free&Equal campaign. Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people…
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We celebrate Maltese protections for intersex people

GIGESC

OII Australia joins with our European intersex and trans partner organisations in celebrating the passage of the Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act. The Act passed with cross party support, without a vote, in the small hours of this morning. This is an historic moment. The Act contains key improvements from all existing…
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Different priorities

Different priorities

  Ever feel like there are different priorities? Folks talk with us about birth certificates. We talk about health, sterilisation, bodily autonomy and peer support. #intersex Download and share Download “different priorities” poster (PDF) Share on social media Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Ever feel there are different priorities? #intersex #health #coercive-practices pic.twitter.com/CA8cZ3wnvI — OII…
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Intersex Awareness Day, 2014

Yellow orchid

October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day. People with intersex variations are born with atypical physical sex characteristics. We face a range of health and human rights issues — and deep-seated stigma — caught between two contrasting visions of who and how we should be. On the one hand, this includes medical interventions in infancy and…
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Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion

Employers' guide to intersex inclusion

OII Australia is proud and delighted to partner with Pride in Diversity to publish the Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion. Written by Morgan Carpenter and Dawn Hough, the guide is kindly sponsored by IBM. A world-first, the guide presents information about intersex for employers and is available as a free PDF download…

Tony Briffa in Body&Soul: “I’m proud to be intersex”

Tony: "I'm proud to be intersex"

Tony Briffa appears in an article in the “Body and Soul” magazine today, in the Sunday Herald Sun (Victoria), Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Mail (QLD), Sunday Mail (SA), Sunday Territorian, Sunday Times and the Sunday Tasmanian. It’s based on Tony’s own words, and we’re proud of Tony for doing this! It’s a challenge living in…
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Schoolbook on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, and intersex status

Spinney Books

We have recently received a copy of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”, a schoolbook by Australian publisher The Spinney Press in their “Issues in Society” series. It also contains content on intersex people and intersex issues. That content includes an intersex for allies guide, and “It’s time to defend intersex rights“, an article on the…
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Let Dutee Chand run

Commonwealth Games

We are disturbed by reports that Indian woman athlete Dutee Chand has been denied a position in the Indian Commonwealth Games team, on the basis of a test result showing elevated natural levels of blood testosterone. It also appears that Chand discovered the news via press reports, and not directly from sports or medical authorities….
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ILGA Europe’s summer magazine talks about intersex equality

ILGA Europe: Intersex - Summer 2014

ILGA Europe has published its summer magazine, Destination Equality, and this issue focuses on intersex. It includes an article and other content by Morgan Carpenter. In this edition: Sophie Aujean, Senior Policy and Programmes Officer, explains how ILGA-Europe’s work on intersex issues has evolved, the importance of the three intersex forums in this context and…
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