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Jo Proctor

Jo Proctor on the Story of ‘R’

‘R’ had his hand and forearm swathed in plaster. Two days earlier he’d tried to punch out the reinforced glass window in his front door. That one angry punch had broken most of the bones in his right hand. It was just the last of many angry punches. ‘R’ radiated anger. Aggression was in the…
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Six key issues for intersex health, 2009

Issue 1: An end to non-consensual infant genital surgery. OII opposes all cosmetic (non-essential) surgery on infants without their full and informed participation in decision-making and their agreement…

Photo by Karin

Karin on “Roberta Cowell’s Story, by Herself”

Karin at OII Australia has obtained a PDF rendition of the autobiography of British intersex woman Roberta Cowell. It was published in the UK in 1954 and has long been out of print. Roberta aka Betty underwent urogenital surgery in the early 1950s. She lived a long life, as a World War II fighter pilot…
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Gina Wilson

Gina Wilson: “Ms Semenya, I Never Knew You”

The events surrounding the gold medal run by Ms Caster Semenya in August of this year have created a perfect storm of speculation around intersex. I know little about Ms Semenya save that she has, by winning a gold medal, brought the full force of sex binary enforcement and intersexphobia down on her apparently unsuitable…
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It is not a crime to be born intersex. So please don't treat me like I've committed one

It is not a crime to be born intersex…

Poster “It is not a crime to be born intersex. So please don’t treat me like I’ve committed one.” Tap the image to download a resizable PDF poster.

Parliament

Letter to Australian Senate Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee Dear Senators, OII Australia is the regional arm of Organisation Intersex International, the largest intersex organisation in the world with representatives on every continent and communicating in at least twelve languages. OII Australia supports the submissions of the Australian Coalition for Equality, Equal Love, the Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights…
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Ask me all about intersex

Ask me all about intersex

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Parliament

Submission to the Federal Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill Committee Dear Senators, OII Australia is the regional arm of Organisation Intersex International, the largest intersex organisation in the world with representatives on every continent and communicating in at least twelve languages. OII Australia supports the submissions of the Australian Coalition for Equality, Equal Love, the Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights…
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Testogel sachets

Testosterone: suffering the system, not the medication

Woohoo! I’m on a four month posting from Australia to Ireland, courtesy of my employer. I’ve just collected my latest Testogel medication from a local pharmacy and I’m excited! Why the excitement? Well, here’s a little background: like almost all adults with intersex conditions, I’m infertile and I need HRT to help maintain my weight,…
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ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club: Alice Pung calls central character in “Middlesex” transgendered

ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club: Alice Pung calls central character in “Middlesex” transgendered

Jeffrey Eugenides’ book Middlesex uses as his central character a person with 5 alpha reductase, one of the many physical differences that can lead to intersex. It’s an award-winning and popular read, even though it contains some inaccuracies about intersex people, misrepresenting 5 alpha reductase as a difference that inevitably leads to male-like physicality and…
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