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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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Gerald N. Callahan’s book, “Between XX and XY”

Gerald N. Callahan’s book, “Between XX and XY”

Gerard Callahan’s book makes for good reading. Here are a few short extracts. Boys and girls … two things are clear. First, no one has yet figured out the list of ingredients needed to make a boy or a girl—neither chromosomes, nor hormones, nor genes, nor family or society or chance, alone or in combination,…
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Corey Irlam

LGBTI outcomes from ALP National Conference

Media release by Australian Coalition for Equality, Monday 3 August 2009: The ALP National Conference produced steps forward for the LGBTI* community, despite continued opposition to same-sex marriage, gay activists say. Australian Coalition for Equality (ACE) spokesperson, Corey Irlam, labelled the outcomes of the conference “a dark cloud with a silver lining.” “The ALP has…
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Photographs, National Day of Action for Marriage Equality, Sydney

OII Australia’s media person attended the National Day of Action for Marriage Equality aka National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage at the Sydney Town Hall on Saturday, and the illegal marriage ceremony at Darling Harbour afterwards. We look forward to full and equal inclusion of intersex people in future such efforts for social and…
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National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage

National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage

The reality of being intersex puts a spin on the National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage. After all, although most intersex people are male or female, some are both and some are neither, so how do the latter two fit groups of people into the idea of same-sex marriage, we ask? Consider this. If…
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Sydney Morning Herald, “Be careful what the doctor may have ordered”

Sydney Morning Herald, “Be careful what the doctor may have ordered”

Some time ago, Lisa Pryor in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article on “therapists with unconventional qualifications”, noting that the “government body charged with handling complaints about health care has no power to discipline unregistered therapists”. OII Australia always recommends that people choose a properly qualified therapist. The article carries some useful information for…
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Photo by Karin

Karin in LOTL Magazine: “The Legend of Lili Elbe”

OII Australia is pleased to announce that an article on Lili Elbe, the first intersex person known to have undergone urogenital surgery, has been published in the August 2009 issue of LOTL magazine. LOTL can be read online or a free copy can be picked up in venues and stockists. Download a copy of the…
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Gina Wilson interviewed for Radio Atticus on 2SER

OII Australia chairperson Gina Wilson was interviewed recently for radio station 2SER’s Radio Atticus program about the lack of human rights and legal protection for intersex people in Australia. The interview was broadcast on the morning of Monday 13th July, and is now available on the 2SER podcasts web page. The interview is partway through…
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Orchid buds

AHRC’s Paper ‘Surgery on intersex infants and human rights’

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a paper titled Surgery on intersex infants and human rights. We deeply regret the report’s equivocation on surgery to modify the appearance of intersex infants and children. The report acknowledges such interventions without commenting on their necessity or lifelong consequences. It is available for download here.