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AUSTRALIA

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Marriage laws vary in this country depending on area
Adoption: Only in some areas
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

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Angela (user currently living in AUSTRALIA) posted for intersex readers on 15/04/2010 tagged with intersex, at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions
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I wish to thank ILGA for that rarest of rare things - the inclusion of intersex people in its activities on behalf of equality and human rights.

It is wonderful to see that ILGA uses the inclusive acronym LGBTI (hopefully) throughout its website and in all its literature and communications.

Why am I being so full of praise for the simple inclusion of a group human beings whose prevalence in all parts of the world is between 1:60 to 1:100, and closer to 1:25 to 1:50 in some parts of the world?

Because outside of ILGA intersex people are habitually, routinely EXCLUDED from almost ALL efforts to achieve equality, human rights, protection against discrimination and vilification, and the right to patient-centred healthcare, EVEN WHEN WE SPECIFICALLY ASK TO BE INCLUDED.

Exclusion of intersex from reform efforts around the world is standard practice.

The use of the acronyms LGBT instead of LGBTI in the LGBTI media is standard practice even when including token intersex content.

The use of LGBT instead of LGBTI by global and national equality and human rights efforts and organizations is standard practice.

Every use of LGBT instead of LGBTI is a red flag waved in the face of intersex people telling us that "we do not want you" and "you are not good enough for us". In effect, intersex people are legally less-than-human, subhuman,

Exclusion of intersex from major law reform and legal bills on behalf of equality, human rights and even hate crimes acts is standard practice.

Intersex is excluded from the UK's Equality Bill.

Intersex is excluded from ENDA in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers statement on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Intersex is excluded from IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Intersex is excluded from the Human Rights Campaign in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from national health reforms.

Intersex is excluded from national censuses.

Intersex is excluded from the LGBT National Equality March and related organizations in the US.

Intersex exclusion is such a universally standard practice that we frequently use two related tags on the OII Australia website - "intersex exclusion" and "intersex-exclusive".

And that is just the merest tip of the iceberg.

Genital cutting is practiced against intersex newborns to make our genitals cosmetically resemble those of non-intersex newborns, without our permission, at enormous cost to our lives.

Genital cutting is also known as IGM - Intersex Genital Mutilation, as well as non-consensual experimental cosmetic genital surgery. These newborns are also sterilized and are required to take expensive, often hard-to-obtain HRT - hormone replacement therapy - for the rest of their lives or suffer potentially fatal ill health.

This persecution is a form of genocide and it is global.

And that, as I say, is just the merest tip of the iceberg.

Some relevant reading for you:

What is Intersex?
http://oiiaustralia.com/about/intersex/

On Genital Cutting
http://oiiaustralia.com/about/genital-cutting/

OII Petition to International Olympic Committe regarding Intersex Athletes
http://oiiaustralia.com/oii-petition-international-olympic-committe-intersex-athletes/

Medical “Normalisation” of Intersex Newborns… Why Not?
http://oiiaustralia.com/medical-normalisation-intersex-newborns/

Intersex Excluded from UK Equality Bill?
http://oiiaustralia.com/intersex-excluded-uk-equality-bill/

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Goes Out of Its Way to Exclude Intersex
http://oiiaustralia.com/council-europe-committee-ministers-exclude-intersex/

beyondblue’s Exclusion of LGBTI is a Disgrace
http://oiiaustralia.com/beyondblues-exclusion-lgbti-disgrace/

OII’s Objections to the APA DSM-V Committee’s Proposals on Intersex
http://oiiaustralia.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post;=7446

Email by Chris Somers xxy of OII to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006, asking for intersex inclusion in the Census
http://oiiaustralia.com/email-chris-somers-xxy-oii-australian-bureau-statistics-2006-intersex-inclusion-census/
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Angela (user currently living in AUSTRALIA) posted for intersex readers on 15/04/2010 tagged with intersex, at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions
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I wish to thank ILGA for that rarest of rare things - the inclusion of intersex people in its activities on behalf of equality and human rights.

It is wonderful to see that ILGA uses the inclusive acronym LGBTI (hopefully) throughout its website and in all its literature and communications.

Why am I being so full of praise for the simple inclusion of a group human beings whose prevalence in all parts of the world is between 1:60 to 1:100, and closer to 1:25 to 1:50 in some parts of the world?

Because outside of ILGA intersex people are habitually, routinely EXCLUDED from almost ALL efforts to achieve equality, human rights, protection against discrimination and vilification, and the right to patient-centred healthcare, EVEN WHEN WE SPECIFICALLY ASK TO BE INCLUDED.

Exclusion of intersex from reform efforts around the world is standard practice.

The use of the acronyms LGBT instead of LGBTI in the LGBTI media is standard practice even when including token intersex content.

The use of LGBT instead of LGBTI by global and national equality and human rights efforts and organizations is standard practice.

Every use of LGBT instead of LGBTI is a red flag waved in the face of intersex people telling us that "we do not want you" and "you are not good enough for us". In effect, intersex people are legally less-than-human, subhuman,

Exclusion of intersex from major law reform and legal bills on behalf of equality, human rights and even hate crimes acts is standard practice.

Intersex is excluded from the UK's Equality Bill.

Intersex is excluded from ENDA in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers statement on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Intersex is excluded from IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Intersex is excluded from the Human Rights Campaign in the USA.

Intersex is excluded from national health reforms.

Intersex is excluded from national censuses.

Intersex is excluded from the LGBT National Equality March and related organizations in the US.

Intersex exclusion is such a universally standard practice that we frequently use two related tags on the OII Australia website - "intersex exclusion" and "intersex-exclusive".

And that is just the merest tip of the iceberg.

Genital cutting is practiced against intersex newborns to make our genitals cosmetically resemble those of non-intersex newborns, without our permission, at enormous cost to our lives.

Genital cutting is also known as IGM - Intersex Genital Mutilation, as well as non-consensual experimental cosmetic genital surgery. These newborns are also sterilized and are required to take expensive, often hard-to-obtain HRT - hormone replacement therapy - for the rest of their lives or suffer potentially fatal ill health.

This persecution is a form of genocide and it is global.

And that, as I say, is just the merest tip of the iceberg.

Some relevant reading for you:

What is Intersex?
http://oiiaustralia.com/about/intersex/

On Genital Cutting
http://oiiaustralia.com/about/genital-cutting/

OII Petition to International Olympic Committe regarding Intersex Athletes
http://oiiaustralia.com/oii-petition-international-olympic-committe-intersex-athletes/

Medical “Normalisation” of Intersex Newborns… Why Not?
http://oiiaustralia.com/medical-normalisation-intersex-newborns/

Intersex Excluded from UK Equality Bill?
http://oiiaustralia.com/intersex-excluded-uk-equality-bill/

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Goes Out of Its Way to Exclude Intersex
http://oiiaustralia.com/council-europe-committee-ministers-exclude-intersex/

beyondblue’s Exclusion of LGBTI is a Disgrace
http://oiiaustralia.com/beyondblues-exclusion-lgbti-disgrace/

OII’s Objections to the APA DSM-V Committee’s Proposals on Intersex
http://oiiaustralia.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post;=7446

Email by Chris Somers xxy of OII to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006, asking for intersex inclusion in the Census
http://oiiaustralia.com/email-chris-somers-xxy-oii-australian-bureau-statistics-2006-intersex-inclusion-census/
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