Anti-discrimination

Submission to NHMRC on genetic selection against intersex traits

In April 2014, OII Australia made a lengthy submission to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) calling for the prohibition of genetic testing to select against intersex traits. Unfortunately, draft guidelines by the NHMRC support decision making by individual clinicians in defining and screening “serious genetic conditions”. The same language of “serious” “genetic…
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Joint call to strengthen Victoria’s equal opportunity laws

OII Australia has joined with 27 other community organisations, legal experts, unions and service providers to call for improvements to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 in Victoria. Victoria has not yet responded to the inclusion of “intersex status” alongside “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the federal Sex Discrimination Act, amended in 2013. The Maltese…
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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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Georgiann Davis, “Contesting Intersex”

"Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis" by Georgiann Davis

Georgiann Davis’s first book, “Contesting Intersex, The Dubious Diagnosis” is hotly awaited, and the first chapter has just become available online, from the publisher. Here are a couple of quotes (references omitted): I show how contemporary U.S. medical experts on intersex, like much of society, tend to hold narrow, essentialist understandings of sex, gender, and…
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Congratulations to Mauro Cabral

Inaugural Bob Hepple Award winners

The visibility of the intersex movement is hampered by our worldwide lack of resourcing. It’s also notable that intersex and LGBT movements can often diverge: while most intersex people know a lot about issues affecting same sex attracted and transgender people, this is frequently not reciprocal. There are few intersex voices in LGBTI spaces, our…
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Human Rights Commissioner: Bodily autonomy is basic human right

Resilient Individuals

The Australian Human Rights Commissioner launched the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights report today, “Resilient Individuals”. It notes continuing forced surgical interventions on intersex people, and calls for implementation of the Senate committee report, Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia.

UN report condemns violence against LGBT and intersex people

OHCHR

Overnight, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a new report, “Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, A/HRC/29/23, which includes detailed reference to intersex and other LGBTI persons. OII Australia warmly welcomes this report, which for the first time calls for an…
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Council of Europe on “Human rights and intersex people”

We warmly congratulate the Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, and report author Silvan Agius for a landmark report on the human rights of people with intersex variations. The report contains 8 clear and simple recommendations, and strong analysis. Binary classifications of sex and gender are omnipresent in our society and inform…
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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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Tony Briffa in the Times of Malta: welcoming Malta’s stance on intersex

Tony Briffa

Tony Briffa has been interviewed by Claudia Calleja of the Times of Malta, while a Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill proceeds through that nation’s parliament. Tony and OII Australia take a keen interest in Maltese developments: our former Vice-President is a dual national and her parents were both born in Malta; and…
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Human Rights Commission submission on intersex policy reform and services

SOGII consultation

Late last year, the Human Rights Commissioner announced a survey and consultation to explore key rights and services issues affecting LGBT and intersex people in Australia. Download OII Australia SOGII Submission 2015 OII Australia consulted our members, board and broader constituency, and we have made a submission today that covers the key intersex-specific issues for…
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Human rights consultation on SOGII legal reform and services

SOGII consultation

Tim Wilson, the Human Rights Commissioner and Commission Spokesperson on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex (SOGII) rights, has announced a survey and consultation to explore key rights issues affecting LGBT and intersex people in Australia: This consultation aims to establish what legal protections exist and what legal barriers remain, what services are being provided…
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