Today we are 10! Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit company on 6 May 2010, under the name OII Australia. Today we celebrate 10 years of advocacy and work to ensure that the human rights and health of people with intersex variations are recognised and respected.
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On 2 May, Steph Lum (editor of the YOUth&I magazine) performed the poem Graduation Day as part of Equality Australia’s Queer Love In. The event was an afternoon of performance to support LGBTI artists who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All populations that suffer health inequalities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and people with intersex variations are no exception.
Finding community is one of the best things that any person with an intersex variation can do. Thankfully, our communities exist online as much as they do face-to-face. Find out more about our regular Zoom catch-up sessions and maintain contact during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the development of a broader strategy, NSW Health and project consultants Urbis are conducting a survey of adults with intersex variations.
IHRA has made a submission on the revised exposure draft religious discrimination bills, very kindly endorsed by IPSA.
Want to get involved in intersex-led advocacy, counselling or media work? Express your interest in the third Darlington intersex advocacy event, 7-9 January 2020.
Writing From Below will publish a special issue in 2020 to honour and extend the impact of the work of Dr Michael Noble. His book, Nicholas Culpeper and the Mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone, has also been published.
This weekend, IHRA held a strategic planning day in Williamstown, Melbourne, followed on Sunday 17 November by our AGM in Altona and a Family Day at Altona Homestead.
Yesterday, the government and far right defeated a motion acknowledging 8 November as Intersex Day of Solidarity. We are saddened by aspects of the government response to the motion, and reject the response by One Nation. We thank the parties and individuals who kindly proposed and supported the motion.
IHRA has made a formal submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in response to a questionnaire seeking information to fulfil its mandate in Human Rights Council resolution 40/5 on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls in sport.
We’re holding a family day on the afternoon of Sunday 17 November from 1-4 PM at Altona Homestead in Melbourne. This is a free event for intersex people and our families, including parents of children with intersex variations. Come along!