Sex and gender recognition

Sex and gender recognition

The third intersex forum and identification documents

The third international intersex forum included a self-organising working group on identification documents. Given recent and proposed developments in Germany, Australia and Argentina, this seemed to be useful. 11 people from 8 organisations participated, and most of the text was included in the final forum statement. Our understanding is that the statement was shortened due…
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Revised policy on identification documents

Identification documents

At our board meeting on 10 November we agreed a slight revision to our policy on personal identification documents, to support more opt in choices. While sex or gender markers are still required, we believe that adults and consenting minors should be free to choose, and children should be protected from harm. Ideally, we would…
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Open birth sex assignments do not reduce surgical interventions

Blank or indeterminate classifications on infant’s birth certificates do not, alone, reduce the likelihood of surgical interventions. This might seem like a non sequitur, but it turns out to be fundamentally important because many people do argue that moves in Germany to establish similarly open sex assignment polices for some intersex infants at birth will…
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Deutsche Welle: Third sex option on birth certificates

DW

Morgan, OII Australia president, is quoted in this Deutsche Welle article by Natalie Muller about Germany’s mandatory new third option on birth certificates for intersex infants. For many activists, a more pressing concern is that doctors are allowed to perform cosmetic surgery on infants to make ambiguous genitalia conform to the male or female standard……
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Intersex Awareness Day, 2013

Here are this year’s Intersex Awareness Day words, by Morgan Carpenter, OII Australia president. Intersex Awareness Day, 2013 Today is Intersex Awareness Day. In a nod to Stonewall, the date marks the first public protest by North American intersex activists. The event marks a good moment to pause and reflect, and honour the people who…
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Morgan on intersex in The Guardian, “Australia can lead the way…”

On 18 June 2013, The Guardian newspaper published an article by OII Australia president Morgan Carpenter on recent progress for intersex people in Australia. The article presents information on the progress towards our inclusion in anti-discrimination legislation, plus the new federal sex and gender recognition guidelines – and also our attempts to raise vital issues…
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Der Spiegel: Third gender option in Germany a small step for intersex recognition

Spiegel Online

This opinion piece on birth certificates was published overnight in Der Spiegel on 22 August. It’s a collaboration between Silvan Agius of ILGA Europe, Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) and Dan Ghattas (OII Germany): …no reporter has yet asked how this will effectively improve quality of life for intersex people, particularly when cosmetic genital surgeries on…
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German proposals for a “third gender” on birth certificates miss the mark

Over recent days, there have been a number of articles stating that the German federal government is proposing a “third gender” or blank sex designation on birth certificates for intersex people. As with recent federal Australian identity guidelines, the German proposals have generated enormous interest. From Der Spiegel: The option of selecting “blank”, in addition…
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Medicare is now sex and gender neutral

We welcome the Health Minister’s announcement today that Medicare will be gender and sex neutral. For intersex people, the fact that our bodies do not conform to sex norms means that the healthcare issues we face sometimes do not conform to the way medical services and procedures have been defined, and made available, by Medicare….
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On Norrie v NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

This is an analysis of the NSW Court of Appeal judgement in the matter of Norrie v the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM), in relation to its relevance to intersex people. Update The case has now been appealed to the High Court by the NSW government. Our briefing paper on the High…
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AFP: Australia embraces new gender guidelines

AFP

Morgan Carpenter, OII Australia secretary, is quoted in this syndicated AFP article by Madeleine Coorey about the new federal guidelines for recognition of sex and gender. Organisation Intersex International Australia welcomed the new guidelines. But it noted that many people who were intersex, either because they have the biological attributes of both sexes or lack…
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Third sex, redux

After fielding a few phone calls it is clear that many people can’t grasp our position in opposing the creation of a third sex while supporting X sex descriptors on birth certificates and passports. To be clear, intersex is not an arbitrary third sex category, but rather a spectrum of possibilities, and nor is it…
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