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Luminis: “On Being Called a ‘True Hermaphrodite'”

Luminis: “On Being Called a ‘True Hermaphrodite'”

We recommend the writing of Cary Costello, or Luminis at the Intersex Roadshow, despite some reservations about the use ‘intersexed’ as a verb, and ‘intersexuality’, for good reasons written elsewhere on our website. The reason people with ovotestes were termed “true hermaphrodites” by doctors was explicitly to categorize all other intersex people as not “truly”…
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Lili Elbe in her own words

Lili Elbe in her own words

Below is reproduced a letter written by Lili Elbe née Einar Wegener in 1930 shortly before the surgery that would lead to her death. The searing tragedy of her situation could not be clearer. The dangerous medical advice she had already been given and that resulted in tissue necrosis was surpassed by the attempted transplant…
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Richard Goldschmidt: “Intersexuality and the Endocrine Aspect of Sex”

Richard Goldschmidt, in proposing the term intersex, noted the limitations of previous terminology and the significance of his different approach to the subject. Goldschmidt proposed that better terminology was needed when intersex was viewed from the then new perspective of “cytology, genetics, teratology, physiology, serology, endocrinology, etc.” He also invited endocrinologists to view sex differentiation…
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On intersex birth registrations

Intersex people in several Australian are able to obtain an administrative correction of intersex birth registrations, including correction to alternative male, female, or (in some cases) blank designation.

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Gina Wilson’s speech to the Equal Love Rally, Canberra, 7 November 2009

Friends, I am here today to support marriage equality. Let me tell you how that seems from an intersex perspective. First, a quick explanation of intersex. Intersex people are individuals who do not fit common perceptions of maleness and femaleness. Intersex people are individuals who have genetic, hormonal, congenital and other differences that might be…
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Marie Claire Australia writes about intersex

Marie Claire Australia writes about intersex

Julietta Jameson writes in the December issue of Marie Claire Australia: “Although the condition remains, in Mani’s words, shrouded in “silence and secrecy”, it’s astonishingly prevalent, with some doctors claiming that one per cent of the population can fall into the category, along a spectrum of conditions ranging from misplaced urethras to enlarged clitorises and…
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If only XX...

If only XX and XY…

Poster “If only XX = female and only XY = male then how do you account for X0, XXY, XYY, XXYY, XXXY, XY/X0, XX/X0, XX/XY,…” Tap the image to download a resizable PDF poster.

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Intersex Solidarity Day, Sunday 8th November, marking the birth of Herculine Barbin

Sunday 8th November is Intersex Solidarity Day and Herculine Barbin‘s Birthday. OII Australia and Organisation Intersex International would like to invite others to join us each year by commemorating November 8 as Intersex Solidarity Day. All human rights organizations, feminist allies, academics and gender specialists, as well as other groups and individuals interested in intersex…
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Intersex & need testosterone?

Australian, intersex and need testosterone?

Intersex people in Australia who need testosterone as an essential part or as all of their HRT – hormone replacement therapy – become the collateral damage of overzealous state and federal government rules and regulations, it seems. In the related article on this website, Morgan writes… At both state and federal levels, legislation is designed…
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Letter of apology received from Alice Pung

Letter of apology received from Alice Pung

OII Australia has received a very generous apology from Alice Pung following our comments on the First Tuesday Book Club’s blog. Her comments on that television show indicated Ms Pung had misunderstood intersex. OII is deeply appreciative of her apology and greatly heartened that she considers the issue sufficiently important to have read our site and written…
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Intersex Australians are placed on a sex offenders list

Intersex Australians… are Placed on a Sex Offenders Register…

Extract from OII Australia’s response to the Australian federal Department of Health and Ageing discussion paper on a New National Woman’s Health Policy: Some intersex individuals need anti-androgen medication. Because those medicines are not recognized treatments for the specific diagnosis the only path to that medication is to register the intersex person in question as…
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