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Joint statement on homophobia in sport

Joint statement by Transgender Victoria and OII Australia on the new Anti-Homphobia & Inclusion Framework for Australian Sports. We welcome Wednesday’s publication of the anti-homophobia policy, “Anti-Homophobia & Inclusion Framework For Australian Sports”. We welcome the intention to address issues facing trans and gender diverse people due to their gender identity, and intersex people due…
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OII Australia congratulates Caster Semenya on her Olympic medal

OII Australia congratulates Caster Semenya on her Olympic medal

We don’t know if Caster Semenya is an intersex woman or not. Despite numerous statements in the local press, we are not aware of any official public disclosure regarding her status. Nevertheless, she has faced salacious enquiry and humiliation as if she is. We salute her strength in the face of adversity, and congratulate her…
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Jon Bardin in the LA Times on Olympic sex testing

Jon Bardin in the LA Times on Olympic sex testing

Jon Bardin writes in two well-researched articles in the Los Angeles Times on sex testing in the Olympics. In “Olympic Games and the tricky science of telling men from women” he writes on the experience of Spanish athlete Maria Jose Martinez-Patiño, who recently co-wrote a paper on sex testing with OII global chair, Hida Viloria:…
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Petition the IOC on sex testing of women athletes

Petition the IOC on sex testing of women athletes

We strongly support this petition to the IOC on sex testing of woman athletes. With only a few days before the Olympics start, with all eyes turning to London, we have to show the International Olympic Committee that not even they have the right to tell someone that who they are is wrong – that…
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New Scientist: “Rip up new Olympic sex test rules”

New Scientist: “Rip up new Olympic sex test rules”

Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young write on testosterone testing in women athletes in the New Scientist Magazine on 23 July 2012: Even if a decisive link had been established, should it be viewed as any different to other biological advantages broadly accepted in some elite athletes? For example, several runners have mitochondrial conditions that enhance…
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DailyLife: “Are you female enough for the Olympics?”

DailyLife: “Are you female enough for the Olympics?”

Consigned to the women’s interest pages of the Sydney Morning Herald, rather than front page sports news two days earlier, journalist Clementine Ford writes a more insightful piece on Usanakorn, that we commend: The IAAF have … instituted a policy that dictates women with naturally occurring testosterone deemed ‘too high’ will be required to either…
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Herald: “Doubts raised over boxer’s gender”

Herald: “Doubts raised over boxer’s gender”

It feels like groundhog day in sport news, with a headline report by Cameron Houston in the Sydney Morning Herald on “suspicious” levels of testosterone in an elite Thai woman boxer: A FEMALE boxer from Thailand recorded “highly suspicious” levels of testosterone before a world title fight in Melbourne on Friday night, again plunging the…
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Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Caster Semenya: “Too Fast To Be A Woman?”

Maxx Ginnane’s documentary on Caster Semanya aired on SBS Australia this evening, and is still available on demand for 15 days. The documentary tracks the difficult time leading up to a decision by the IAAF on whether she could run again after she was suspended once her sex was called into question. It’s an excellent…
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Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young on Olympic sex testing

Katrina Karkazis and Rebecca Jordan-Young talk in an important Stanford School of Medicine podcast on the testing of female athletes to identify – and compel treatment of – those with intersex traits: Olympic athletes potentially face new sex verification policies following the controversial investigation of South African runner Caster Semenya, who was tested repeatedly to…
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“Re­examining Rationales of “Fairness”: An Athlete and Insider’s Perspective on the New Policies on Hyper­androgenism in Elite Female Athletes”

OII global chair, Hida Viloria, and former Olympic athlete María José Martínez-Patiño report in The American Journal of Bioethics on proposed policies by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the IOC relating to hyperandrogenism in women athletes (but not men athletes): The new policies are informed not by scientific evidence, but by age-old cultural…
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“Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyper­androgenism in Elite Female Athletes”

Katrina Karkazis, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Georgiann Davis and Silva Comporesi write in The American Journal of Bioethics on new IAAF/IOC policies on hyperandrogenism in female athletes: In May 2011, more than a decade after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned sex testing, they devised new policies in response…
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Caster Semenya: Official mismanagement and media confusion

Yesterday reportage on the participation of South Africa’s 800m women’s world champion, Caster Semenya, in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games was confused. Britain’s Guardian carried two contrasting stories in its online edition. Tubby Reddy, the chief executive of South Africa’s Olympic Committee, confirmed tonight that the 800m world champion was not fit enough to make…
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