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Our final Webinar for 2021: Interrogating consent in gender assignment decisions in India

Arpita Das

We are very excited to announce the last of our webinar series this year, taking place on Wednesday December 15th 5:30-6:30pm AEDT!

There's always something to learn from the global context of our work and we feel very privileged to learn from such an incredible expert in this space, but this webinar also has an important local dimension. 

Arpita Das is a lecturer and a doctoral candidate at the department of Gender & Cultural Studies, the University of Sydney. Her thesis focuses on medicalisation of intersex people within India’s postcolonial context. She has completed a MA in Social Work and a MA in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is interested in postcoloniality and biopolitics, reproductive technologies, gender-based violence and sexuality.

"In this presentation, I explore aspects of consent and participation for intersex people and children in decisions regarding gender assignment. I also discuss how doctors make meaning of consent for intersex people."

We'll be back with more next year, but get your free tickets here and round out this year with a bang!

YOUth&I issue 2

Front cover of issue 2. Face of a young woman with closed eyes. Her face is painted in yellow with a purple circle.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the release of YOUth&I issue 2 last week! You can find the full issue online here as well as sign up to find out when the physical edition comes out. During a year that has had some incredible landmark work. YOUth&I is definitely the one that has put the biggest smile on our faces. A heartfelt thanks to all the contributors as well as Steph, Georgia, and Gabrielle who put this incredible resource.

Human Rights Week 2021 video - Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities

Human Rights Week 2021 - Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities

This Human Rights Week, the Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities, Todd Fernando, has shared a great video on the importance of the Yogyakarta Principles for LGBTIQA+ people and communities, and he identified our work using the Principles!

Our executive director Morgan Carpenter was actually a signatory of the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10, and a member of its drafting committee. The new attribute of ‘sex characteristics’ helps to better understand people with innate variations of sex characteristics (intersex people) and address the human rights abuses we face. This framing also supports better understandings of the diversity of the population, including the needs of people with intersex variations who grow up to be LGBT and those who grow up to be cisgender and heterosexual.

Tony Briffa co-signed the report (I) Am Equal, with the Victorian Minister for Health and Equality, and we look forward to working with the Commissioner to implement it!

Watch the video here.

We're hurtling towards the end of the year now and you'd think that'd mean things are slowing down! But certainly not in our intersex space. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, whatever you celebrate and whoever you celebrate with.

Until next week!

-- Morgan, Cody, and Clare.
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