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Leigh Johnston (user currently living in AUSTRALIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 12/03/2013 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions, illegality of female to female relationships
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Hello ILGA friends, I wonder if you could help my 2 girlfriends gain some support and attention by posting the following link to your webpages and any social networking page you oversee. They are about to marry each other and have invited someone special to their wedding!!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152635449140554&set;=o.26012002239&type;=1&theater;&notif;_t=photo

The more attention we get the more exposure and chance of the girl's dreams come true! Please read. Thank you for taking interest, as this is in all our interests!

Kind regards,
Leigh Johnston
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We'd like to share a variety of experinces articulated in Digital Stories on the www.rainbowfamilytree.com project! Let us know what you think about sharing everyday stories for social change ; )
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I am a homosexual male, living in Australia. I have been fortunate to live in a country where I can be as open about my sexuality as I like. Reconcilling this with my faith, however, has not been easy. Not only do I consider myself gay, but also deeply religious. My Christian faith has been my strength in times of despair and worry, and I cannot imagine ever not believing. What breaks my heart is that less and less people are practicing their faith these days, or even HAVE faith. Is it really becoming that foreign or strange, or even corny, to believe in God and sing His praises in church every Sunday? Of course, practicing one's faith isn't just a once-a-week thing, it's an all-the-time thing. Making such a huge commitment is a scary thing, but I think it's one we all need to make. There are so many gay christians out there who are comfortable about practicing their faith. So go on... take that leap of faith today!
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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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Ted (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for gay readers on 01/02/2010 tagged with marriage / civil unions, marriage +10
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This is a happy story! I live in South Africa, In late 2006 SA became the 5th country in the world to allow gay marriage/civil unions by 2007 I married the love of my life & have been married happily ever since. This was a triumph & a justice for human rights.
I'm now in the process of immigrating to Australia with my life partner & we are both ready to stand up with the LGBTI of Australia! It's up to all of us to join hands in peace & dignity & aspire all human beings to LIVE & LET LIVE! Australia's leaders will hear the cry of the people especially when we all stand together as a proud nation. To all Australians you have my support & millions of others! stand united & never give up your fight to dignity, love & respect. Peace to all LGBTI!!!!!
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