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Reviewers wanted!


IHRA has been contracted by the Department of Health in Victoria to develop a suite of new resources. 20 of 27 resources have now been drafted for review, and we're looking for reviewers! If you have lived experience of an intersex variations, or your work contributes to the health and wellbeing of people with intersex variations, then we'd welcome your feedback!

The draft resources are on:
  • 5α reductase 2 deficiency and 17β hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 3 deficiency
  • 45,X0 (Turner syndrome)
  • 47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome)
  • Androgen insensitivity
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Gonadal dysgenesis
  • Hypospadias
  • Mosaicism involving sex chromosomes
  • MRKH
  • Ovotestes
  • Disclosure and talking with peers (for youth)
  • Disclosure at school (for youth)
  • Disclosure (for parents and carers)
  • Sex and sexuality (for people with variations)
  • Talking with your doctor (for people with variations)
  • Transitioning into adult services (for youth)
  • What is peer support?
  • What to do if you're asked to consent to a medical intervention (for parents and carers)
  • Your rights at the doctor (for youth/people with variations)
  • Your rights at the doctor (for parents and carers)

We're looking for feedback on any of these by 10 December. Additional resources remain in development, but if you see something that you need that is missing from this list then please let us know! 

We particularly welcome feedback from people with lived experience, and areas of expertise including psychology, psychiatry, social work, paediatrics, general practice, endocrinology, genetic counselling, bioethics, health law, human rights law, peer support, or education.

Please contact us at info@ihra.org.au  

We welcome the new AMA Position Statement!


Last week the Australian Medical Association published a new Position Statement on LGBTQIA+ Health. It affirms Principle 32 of the Yogyakarta Principles on the right to bodily and mental integrity and calls on medical practitioners to affirm it.  

Morgan Carpenter, executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia, is a signatory of the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 and he warmly welcomes the Statement:

It is so important that clinical organisations take steps to recognise concerns about the treatment of people with innate variations of sex characteristics and affirm everyone’s rights to autonomy and bodily integrity.

The Australian Human Rights Commission report identifies key problems with historical and current clinical practice, including lack of evidence, a reliance on psychosocial rationales that are better addressed by peer support and other forms of support, and a lack of attention to concerns raised by psychological and psychiatric professionals. The Commission recognises that criminal penalties and oversight are necessary to protect the human rights of children with variations of sex characteristics in medical settings, and it calls for more action on redress and resourcing. The ACT and Victoria have made public commitments to legislative reform. We call on clinical organisations to support new laws that recognise our right to decide what happens to our own bodies.

Read our response in full at https://ihra.org.au/39409/ama-statement-2021/ 

Launch of YOUth&I issue 2 on 2nd December


We are excited to announce the launch online of issue 2 of YOUth&I intersex youth anthology!

YOUth&I is an anthology of poetry, writings, photography and artwork that shares the stories and experiences of young intersex people aged 30 and younger. Founded in 2019, YOUth&I is an Australian-based publication that includes entries by young intersex people from around the world. 

The existence and experiences of intersex people are still poorly understood. Issue 2’s theme ‘It’s their turn to listen’ is directed at challenging the silencing of intersex people. 

Come along to hear readings from contributors and join us in celebrating this next issue. We can’t wait to see you there!

The launch event will take place via Zoom on Thursday 2 December 2021, at the following times: 8-9pm (Aotearoa NZ); 6-7pm (ACT/NSW/Tas/Vic); 5-6pm (QLD); 5.30-6.30pm (SA); 4-5pm (NT); 3-4pm (WA).

Register for a free ticket at Humanitix

For more information about YOUth&I visit the new website youthandi.org.

Webinar: Arpita Das on consent in gender assignment decisions in India

Please join us for this final IHRA webinar of the year on Wednesday 15 December. We are delighted to welcome Arpita Das who will present this free event on ‘Interrogating consent in gender assignment decisions on intersex people in India’.

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.

This free webinar will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 15 December 2021 at the following times: 7.30-8.30pm (Aotearoa NZ); 5.30-6.30pm (ACT/NSW/Tas/Vic); 4.30-5.30pm (QLD); 5-6pm (SA); 3.30-4.30-5pm (NT); 2.30-3.30pm (WA)Midday (India IST).

Register for a free ticket on Humanitix

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- Morgan, Cody and Clare.
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