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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.

NSW Government promises to change name of NSW Birth Defects Register

NSW Government promises to change name of NSW Birth Defects Register

According to two regional newspapers, Glenda Graban of Picton, NSW, has persuaded the NSW Health Department to change the name of the NSW Birth Defect Register to something kinder and more humane. Great work, Glenda! It is reported that NSW Minister for Health John Della Bosca has agreed in principle to the change of name,…
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René’s story

René’s story

I can say that I became an adult at seven years old. When I saw that I looked more like my sister who had just been born than my brother who was four years younger than I was! Before the birth of my sister, when I was naked, I had noticed there was a difference…
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New Scientist on “Between XX and XY”, by Gerald N. Callahan

New Scientist on “Between XX and XY”, by Gerald N. Callahan

New Scientist magazine has published a review of Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes, by Gerald N. Callahan PhD, an immunologist and pathologist at Colorado State University. The review is worth reading, and we are now seeking a review copy of the book so that we can look at it…
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The Silent, LOTL, June 2009

Karin: “The Silent”

LOTL have published a feature by OII Australia member Karin on “The Silent”. PROFESSOR Milton Diamond of the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Center for Sex and Society estimates the prevalence of intersex – having biological characteristics both male and female – as 1 in 100. Some academics believe the ratio of intersex people in the…
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