Sex and gender recognition

Sex and gender recognition

Submission to the Law Reform Commission of WA

Coat of arms of the State of Western Australia

Debate about legal gender recognition in Western Australia has thankfully shifted the debate in Australia from one focused on the recognition of non-binary gender categories to one that questions the necessity of legal registration of sex and gender at all.

The Yogyakarta Principles +10 launched

My Body, My Choice

An important and long-awaited supplement to the Yogyakarta Principles is published today. The Principles apply international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and now also gender expression and sex characteristics.

Birth certificate reform in South Australia

South Australia (image source: Wikipedia)

In November 2016, a diverse group of people with intersex variations participated in a parliamentary briefing, including intersex women, intersex men and people with other gender identities, talking about the issues that concerned us: of isolation, unnecessary medicalisation, and lack of bodily autonomy. In March 2017, more than twenty current and future leaders of the…
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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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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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Submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics on proposed sex and gender identity standards

OII Australia and many other stakeholders were recently invited to respond to draft proposals for sex and gender identity standards. The proposed sex standard includes purported biological definitions of male, female and other, and the proposed gender identity standard reproduces the same purported biological definitions. We have significant concerns about these: ABS Proposed Sex Standard…
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Intersex rights and freedoms

Court of Conscience

OII Australia president, Morgan Carpenter, has been published in the UNSW Law Society journal “Court of Conscience” 2015 issue. The paper considers what it means to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits.

Joint submission on recognition of non-binary gender in federal sex/gender guidelines

Logos of endorsing organisations

OII Australia recently joined with the National LGBTI Health Alliance, A Gender Agenda, Transformative and Transgender Victoria to agree a joint submission to the federal Attorney General’s Department on non-binary recognition in the federal sex and gender recognition guidelines. It recommends that “X” be redefined as “non-binary”.

UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opens intersex expert meeting

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein opened an expert meeting on intersex: “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights. Those foundational, bedrock principles of universality and equality mean that all of us, without exception, and regardless of our sex characteristics, are equally entitled to the protections of international human rights law.”