Health and medical ethics

The Family Court case Re: Kaitlin [2017] FamCA 83

The Family Court of Australia has recently published a new case involving an intersex child, this time where the parents sought consent for their child, an adolescent, to obtain treatment for “gender dysphoria”. Unlike in the recent Family Court case Re Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] Fam CA 7, the case was not supported by a…
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Miraculous thinking

We’ve had interviews like this piece, by Prospekt Magazine. Telling our personal stories is always challenging, bringing old wounds back to the surface. Alexander Berezkin, the interviewee in this article by Tatiana Kondratenko about intersex people in Russia, is to be congratulated. The problem with interviews like this is that Alexander’s story is incidental to…
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The Family Court case Re: Carla (Medical procedure) [2016] FamCA 7

Hughes

Update For more detailed analyses of the case please consider reading the following resources: Carpenter M. The “Normalization” of Intersex Bodies and “Othering” of Intersex Identities in Australia. Bioethical Inquiry. 2018 May 7;1–9. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-018-9855-8 (Open access) Intersex Human Rights Australia, Carpenter M. Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on the Review of…
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Apology to South Australian LGBTIQ communities

South Australia (image source: Wikipedia)

Witnessed by members and representatives of the South Australian LGBTI communities, on 1 December, the Hon. J Weatherill, Premier of South Australia put the following motion to the House of Assembly: 1. That this house recognises that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community members have been discriminated against by South Australia’s legislation….
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“Fixed at birth”, paper by Aileen Kennedy

UNSW Law Journal

With kind permission from both author and journal, we are pleased to share a paper by Aileen Kennedy entitled “Fixed at birth: Medical and legal erasures of intersex variations”, published earlier this year by the UNSW Law Journal. There is complicity between the medical and the legal construction of variations of sex development as pathological…
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Intersex human rights: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change

Reproductive Health Matters

OII Australia co-chair Morgan Carpenter has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Reproductive Health Matters. Here is the article abstract: Intersex people and bodies have been considered incapable of integration into society. Medical interventions on often healthy bodies remain the norm, addressing perceived familial and cultural demands, despite concerns about necessity, outcomes, conduct and…
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LGBTI sponsorship and the elimination of intersex traits

The sponsorship of LGBTI events by IVF businesses raises ethical issues not just about the elimination of intersex traits, but also about the nature of community and comprehension of issues relating to intersex bodily diversity. Several recent conferences and events in Australia have included sponsorship or presentations by IVF businesses, promoting their services in family…
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Submission: list of issues for Australia’s Convention Against Torture review

OHCHR

OII Australia has submitted suggested issues for consideration by the UN Committee Against Torture, for its next review of Australia. A pattern of human rights abuses on infants, children and adolescents with intersex traits persists in Australia, including those that Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or…
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Rainbow Votes: intersex issues in the federal election

Rainbow Votes Coalition member logos

OII Australia and eight partner organisations collaborated in Rainbow Votes, coordinated by Corey Irlam. The Rainbow Votes coalition appreciates the comprehensive responses by the Australian Greens, Australian Labor Party and Liberal National Coalition to our 2016 LGBTI election survey. Members of the Rainbow Votes coalition of LGBTI rights and health organisations have assessed the content…
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Asia Pacific Forum guide on SOGI and intersex human rights

APF guide

Overnight, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions has published an important guide to promoting and protecting human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. The guide was written by Chris Sidoti and Jack Byrne. The Australian Human Rights Commission is a member of the Asia Pacific Forum,…
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Stories of Intersex people from Nepal

Stories of Intersex people from Nepal

Congratulations to Esan Regmi, Parsu Ram Rai, and Jensen Byrne for the publication of Stories of Intersex people from Nepal, today. The stories in this book are based upon the writings of intersex participants at the First Intersex National Meeting in Nepal, held on 8-9 February 2016 in Kathmandu. The meeting took place with support…
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