Beyond an intersex 101: disorders, bodies and identities

Presentation Type: Workshop
Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Morgan Carpenter, Bonnie Hart
Presentation Title: Beyond an intersex 101: disorders, bodies and identities
Room: Swan
Program schedule: Saturday 15 August 2015 at 14:00
Duration: 90 mins


A world-first parliamentary report on intersex health was published in 2013, and in the same year, “intersex status” was added to federal anti-discrimination legislation. As the same time, understanding of intersex health and human rights issues remains low, even within “LGBTI” communities. Nationally, very few people with intersex variations are public about their intersex status, for reasons that include stigma, and legacies of shame and clinical secrecy.

This session, a first led jointly by the presidents of both of Australia’s intersex-led support and advocacy organisations, will explore ways in which LGBT people can grow their understanding beyond the basics, and help LGBTI organisations to acknowledge the diversity of intersex bodies, identities and health concerns.

The session will provide the opportunity to learn more about the lived experience of people with intersex variations. It will examine the impact of the clinical “disordering” of intersex as “disorders of sex development”, and offer a space to share knowledge about intersex health and wellbeing.