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.

New resources for allies, parents and service providers!

Resources for allies, parents, and service providers

OII Australia and ACON announce three new resources to explain intersex to the LGBT* and broader communities, service providers and parents. The resources have been produced by OII Australia, a national intersex-led Public Benevolent Institution that promotes human rights and health issues, and ACON, a leading LGBTI* health promotion organisation in NSW. OII and ACON…
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Salvation Army: intersex people “Made in God’s image”

Salvation Army

Tony Briffa held a training and education event for the Salvation Army at the Mitcham Corps in Victoria on 3 April. An article about the event has now been posted to the Salvation Army’s Australian website. The training addressed ethical and privacy issues, and suggested best practice approaches. Tony said that the intersex community is…
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Women athletes forced to undergo clitorectomies to compete

BMJ: Sex, Health and Athletes

The British Medical Journal has today published an article on the current policies of the IOC, IAAF and FIFA, reporting that several women have recently been coerced into “partial clitoridectomies” and gonadectomies (removal of gonads) in order to compete. Partial clitoridectomies/clitorectomies are understood to be a form of Female Genital Mutilation. The authors note that…
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GNN interviews Tony Briffa: a new quest for human rights

MCV interviewes Tony Briffa

Rachel Cook in MCV/Gay News Network interviews Tony Briffa in a great extended review of Tony’s life and work, published today. On finding out about Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and taking testosterone: At the age of 29, (after she had been in a straight marriage with a man for two years from 19 to 21 and…
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Cross-party speeches on intersex health in the Australian Senate

In the Commonwealth Parliament tonight, senators from each of the three main parties gave extraordinary and powerful speeches. We heard clear recognition that the medical treatment of intersex people is a human rights issue, that intersex is not a disorder, and that intersex people must be heard.

Birth registrations in ACT

Identification documents

We acknowledge the constructive intent of the ACT government in reforming Births, Deaths and Marriages legislation today. We warmly welcome the increase in time limit for registration of a birth, and the likely absence of any necessity for clinical treatment for intersex people who may wish to change classification. We welcome the naming of a…
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Star Observer: Intersex explained and the issues that confront us

Star Observer: INTERSEX EXPLAINED AND THE ISSUES THAT CONFRONT US

OII Australia president Morgan Carpenter has been kindly published by the Star Observer with an introduction to intersex, and an explanation of health, human rights and identity issues: …the ACT Government is considering the introduction of a third “intersex” category on birth certificates, and the High Court is due to rule on the case of…
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Intersex inclusion in the 2014 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

Team intersex - 2014 Mardi Gras, photo by Robert Knapman

Photo: Thanks to Robert Knapman, used with permission. Statement by presidents of both Australian intersex-led organisations: Ms Bonnie Hart, president of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA) and Mr Morgan Carpenter, president of Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII Australia) at the Mardi Gras Parade press briefing on 28 February. Morgan: “I’m Morgan Carpenter,…
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Gina Wilson shortlisted for Australian Human Rights award

Gina retired

We’re proud that our founding, now retired, president, Gina Wilson has been shortlisted for a major national human rights award, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Community Individual Award. Gina’s work to promote human rights for intersex people has been ground-breaking both within Australia and internationally, and we’re delighted that the panel agreed with our recommendation….
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