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ACT introduces Australian-first protections for intersex children

ACT introduces Australian-first protections for intersex children

The Australian Capital Territory has today passed Australia’s first laws protecting intersex people from unconsented medical procedures. The legislation will protect people with variations in sex characteristics from harmful and unnecessary medical interventions as children by placing restrictions on treatment to alter sex characteristics without personal consent. These restrictions will exclude emergencies or authorisation by […]

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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┬áVariations in Sex Characteristics (Restricted Medical Treatment) Bill 2022┬ásets out new processes to be applied when medical […]

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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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Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day, a day to learn about the human rights issues faced by intersex people, and promote genuine inclusion for people with intersex variations. Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) and partners have revealed a range of new resources, aimed at changing current practices and promoting genuine […]

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