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Intersex advocates raise concerns with new FINA regulations

Intersex advocates raise concerns with new FINA regulations

Intersex advocates have highlighted issues with new regulations passed by the peak body for elite swimming, FINA, warning of discrimination against people with intersex variations. Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) have called attention to regulations pertaining to ‘XY DSDs’, which categorises women with certain intersex traits as men. The new policy would also only allow […]

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ACT move to end non-consenting intersex medical intervention

ACT move to end non-consenting intersex medical intervention

The ACT Government has released a draft bill outlining plans to end non-consenting medical interventions on intersex children. The legislation was developed after consultations with experts and lived experience participants, and ongoing advocacy from intersex and LGBTQIA+ organisations. The Variations in Sex Characteristics (Restricted Medical Treatment) Bill 2022 sets out new processes to be applied when medical […]

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Tasmania’s Minister for Women stands up for trans women in sport

Tasmania’s Minister for Women stands up for trans women in sport

Madeleine Ogilvie, Tasmania’s Minister for Women, has taken a stand against Senator Claire Chandler’s attempt to exclude trans women and intersex people from sport at a federal level. Responding to a parliamentary question from independent Member for Clark Kristie Johnston, Minister Ogilvie described the bill as “divisive, hurtful and utterly unnecessary.” Ogilvie’s response echoes the […]

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Australian Lawyers for Human Rights condemn Chandler’s sport bill

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights condemn Chandler’s sport bill

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler’s ‘Save Women’s Sports Bill’, as “divisive, completely lacking in any evidence-base and inconsistent with international human rights principles.” “The Bill is unnecessary because section 42(1) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 already allows people to be excluded from competing in sport, based on […]

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ABC’s ‘Backroads’ shines a light on the experience of being intersex

ABC’s ‘Backroads’ shines a light on the experience of being intersex

The ABC’s Backroads program shared the story this week of Tasmanian Rob Wilson who is a world famous chicken breeder. The chicken obsessed farmer also shared his experiences of being intersex. Wilson explained that he was born with both male and female genitals, and while doctors performed surgery just a few days after his birth, he was […]

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Intersex advocates speak out against Senator’s discriminatory sports bill

Intersex advocates speak out against Senator’s discriminatory sports bill

Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) have shared their perspective on Senator Claire Chandler’s private member’s bill, which seeks to restrict access to sport based on binary biological definitions of sex, effectively erasing Australians with intersex variations. IHRA join a number of organisations speaking out against the bill, including Equality Tasmania, Equality Australia and TransFolk of […]

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TransFolk of WA slam Senator Chandler’s anti-trans sports bill

TransFolk of WA slam Senator Chandler’s anti-trans sports bill

Local support and advocacy organisation TransFolk of WA have responded to revelations Prime Minister Scott Morrison supports a bill that seeks to exclude trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians from sport. Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler’s Sex Discrimination and Other Legislation Amendment (Save Women’s Sport) Bill 2022 would ensure that people assigned male or female at […]

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Intersex Awareness Day is a moment to celebrate diversity

Intersex Awareness Day is a moment to celebrate diversity

Today is Intersex Awareness Day. “All human bodies are different, and intersex variations are a natural part of human diversity.” Tony Briffa, IHRA Vice-Chair and IPSA President commented on the importance of the day of recognition. Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) are two of leading organisations supporting and advocating for […]

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Morrison Government votes down transgender workplace protections

Morrison Government votes down transgender workplace protections

Hopes of adding protections for transgender, non-binary and intersex people to Australia’s workplace protection laws have come crashing down as the government used its numbers to stop any changes going through the parliament. The senate was considering the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill that aims to bring in some of […]

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Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

LGBTIQA+ rights group Just.Equal Australia is urging Government, Opposition and cross bench Senators to support amendments this week that will finally ensure trans, gender diverse and intersex workers enjoy the same rights as other employees. The Greens senator Janet Rice (pictured) will move amendments to the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment […]

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