Sex and gender recognition

Sex and gender recognition

Submission on removing surgical requirements for changes to birth certificates in NSW

A submission to an inquiry stated to be on access to gender recognition by trans people. OII Australia was invited or requested by a range of parties to comment on numerous occasions during the inquiry submission period, and thus we made a submission despite the narrow suggested scope of the inquiry. It reflects our concerns on issues of involuntary or coerced medical treatment, and on proposed sex or gender classifications.

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 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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Intersex and ANZPATH

OII Australia recently wrote to ANZPATH (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health) regarding a position taken by that organisation suggesting intersex was part of its remit, and part of their description of transgender. Given that intersex is recognised by diverse institutions, including the Australian government and the World Health Organization as a…
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Making your service intersex friendly

Making your service intersex friendly - page 1

OII Australia is delighted to announce “Making your service intersex-friendly“, a short guide to making services intersex-inclusive. We hope that it will help organisations and businesses across Australia to better understand intersex and people with intersex variations, and better respond to community needs…

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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High Court: NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v. Norrie

Third International Intersex Forum, 2013

Update: We welcome the High Court judgement to recognise Norrie as having “non-specific” gender. We take no pleasure in having to comment on this case, currently before the High Court, Australia’s highest court, which has a hearing likely to be heard on 4 March 2014. However, the case raises the stakes for intersex people in…
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Intersex people and identification documents

'X marks the spot' in the Western Australian newspaper, Perth 11 January 2003. Read at Bodies Like Ours

From a Bill before the ACT Assembly, a Queensland review shortly to commence, and the case of Norrie, a trans person seeking recognition of a non-binary gender identity, there is much speculation in Australia regarding birth certificates and identification documents. Internationally, relevant legal changes have taken place in Germany and Argentina. This detailed briefing paper…
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Birth registrations and the necessity or prohibition of medical treatment

Historically and currently, Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) legislation is used to make trans people undergo medical treatment in order to change the sex marker on their documentation. Despite this, the link between birth registrations and medical treatment on intersex people is not clearly understood. Indeed, this area of legislation is often seen as an…
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