On medical diagnoses and health information

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OII is very sensitive to the individual’s right to privacy concerning medical information and does not require any release of medical information or any diagnosis to be a member of our support groups or organisation. OII members are instructed not to ask for a medical diagnosis from any member, leaving each member free to volunteer…
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Andrology Australia study of XXY men in Australia

AN email from Andrology Australia has been circulating, asking for men with Klinefelter Syndrome to take part in the study. Klinefelter’s Syndrome is the most common chromosome disorder in males (47XXY), affecting approximately 1 in 650 males. While this is estimated to represent almost 15,000 males in Australia, up to 70% of cases remain undiagnosed;…
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First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

First Hollywood bio about an intersex person, Lili Elbe

Late last year it was widely reported that Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are to star in a fictionalised though somewhat biographical feature film, about Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener. She was the first publicly known intersex person. The film is The Danish Girl, based on the novel of the same name by US author…
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Lecture: Regulating the sexed body

Lecture: Regulating the sexed body

We have received, via the Inner City Legal Centre, an invitation to attend a public lecture being presented at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) by Professor Marie Fox, Associate Professor Nikki Sullivan, and Dr Jessica Cadwallader, PhD – Regulating the sexed body: Circumcision, genital modification and cosmetic surgery. The lecture will be chaired by…
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The Age on Tony Briffa: “Choosing the right gender”

Tony Briffa in The Age: Choosing the right gender

Despite a difficult childhood, Tony Briffa is a resilient pragmatist with a wonderful sense of humour, writes Lily Bragge. When Tony Briffa was born at Altona Hospital in 1970, doctors were unable to determine his gender. The younger of a set of twins, Briffa’s sister Catherine was confidently announced to be a girl, but for…
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AHRC “Sex Files” concluding paper released

Australian Human Rights Commission: The Sex Files

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in documents and government records, and this paper is available for download as a PDF or Word .DOC at here. Here are some items in the paper that mention intersex: 13.1 The focus of the sex and gender diversity project…
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Australia’s proposed internet filtering scheme

News reports and opinion pieces continue to flow about the Australian federal government’s planned scheme to filter the content on the Internet. Internet filtering is of great concern to OII Australia. Intersex people have historically been silenced, effectively forbidden from talking about intersex, from knowing our status as intersex, and we have only just now…
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Submission: OII Australia’s response to NSW Discussion Paper on Domestic & Family Violence

Submission: OII Australia’s response to NSW Discussion Paper on Domestic & Family Violence

OII Australia has responded to the NSW state government Office for Women’s discussion paper on NSW Domestic and Family Violence Strategic Framework. 16 March, 2009 Violence Prevention Coordinator Unit Office for Women’s Policy Department of Premier and Cabinet GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001 Dear Manager, Organisation Intersex International’s response to the NSW discussion paper…
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Women’s Health, Intersex Health: a consultation paper on a new national women’s health policy

Women’s Health, Intersex Health: a consultation paper on a new national women’s health policy

A fresh focus for Women’s Health: The Rudd Government today hosted a roundtable in Canberra with women’s health experts to kickstart development of a new National Women’s Health policy. A discussion paper launched today, New National Women’s Health Policy: Consultation Discussion Paper 2009 will encourage discussions between the Government, key women’s health groups, welfare groups…
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Submission to AHRC Project: Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century

Introduction: The Australian Human Rights Commission commissioned the Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) in association with RMIT University and Monash University to prepare a report on Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century. Interested people were invited to make submissions, by 28th February 2009. OII Australia made a submission on how religion treats intersex…
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