Five Things You Can Do For Your Intersex Child

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Georgiann Davis is an intersex person, activist and assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Georgiann has written a great article for The Parents Project on five helpful things that parents can do to support their intersex child.

“Intersex is only one aspect of your child’s life. It might be something that they need your help navigating, or it might be the least of their concerns. They might be bullied at school for something completely unrelated to their intersex trait, and need your help navigating that. They might struggle in math class. They might fall and sprain their ankle at soccer practice. Their needs will vary throughout their life, and might even vary across any given day. What’s important is that you are always listening to their needs and doing whatever it is you can do to assist, support, and love them throughout their lives.”

 

What does it mean to be Intersex? UN Free and Equal Campaign

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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner have released a new video and factsheet entiteld ‘What does it mean to be Intersex?’ as part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people as there are red haired people.
Because their bodies are seen as different, intersex children and adults are often stigmatized and subjected to multiple human rights violations, including violations of their rights to health and physical integrity, to be free from torture and ill-treatment, and to equality and non-discrimination.

Want to know more? Visit the site, check out the video above and download the factsheet [PDF]!

Intersexion: A Documentary About Being Intersex

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Intersexion is a 2012 film by Grant Lahood, John Keir and Mani Bruce Mitchell.

The first question any new parent asks… “Is it a boy or a girl?”

But what happens when doctors cannot answer that question?

1 baby in 2,000 is born with genitalia that is so ambiguous that noone can tell if the child is male or female.

“I was amazed to discover just how common intersex conditions are in the world”, the documentary director Grant Lahood says. “Yet it was something I, probably like a lot of people, assumed was incredibly rare. Why is it that none of us know any of the 1 in 2,000 people who might be intersex?”

The award winning filmmaker came to the subject through Mani Bruce Mitchell – New Zealand’s first “out” intersex person. Mitchell is a common sight in Wellington with he/r small goatee beard, which she describes proudly as “my moko”.

Together Lahood and Mitchell set out to make a film that would de-mystify a variety of conditions that used to be broadly called “hermaphroditism”.

“Intersexion” looks beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births, and explores how intersex people “with their very different bodies” navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood, when they don’t fit the binary model of a solely male and female world.

Read more at the film’s website where you can also purchase the film. Working It Out also has a copy of the film in our library.

 

Information for Parents of Intersex Children – OII

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Organisation Intersex International Australia – Parents

Organisation Intersex International Australia’s website has an extensive list of resources and information for parents and families of intersex people. Resources include a handbook for parents, recorded parent talks and links to films by and about intersex people’s experiences.

Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII)

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Organisation Intersex International (OII) (Australia)

Organisation Intersex International (OII)

Organisation Intersex International is a network of Intersex organisations worldwide. OII is represented in Australia by OII Australia, “an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or differences. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare”.

“Intersex people are born with atypical physical sex characteristics, so that our bodies do not fit typical definitions of male or female. We have diverse bodies, identities and life experiences.

OII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. Our goals are to help create a society where our bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.” — OII Australia

The OII Australia and OII International websites have an extensive range of resources, publications and multimedia.

Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges

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Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges, produced by the Tasmanian Government Department of Education, provides guidelines for Tasmanian schools to enable them to be inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students, families and staff. The guidelines include information regarding legislation, research, providing a supportive school culture, and how schools will be measured on their improvement.

Visit the website: Tasmanian Government Department of Education

Download the Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges [PDF]

 

Stop. Think. Respect. (BeyondBlue)

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Stop. Think. Respect. Video Playlist (BeyondBlue)

A series of videos which are part of beyondblue’s Stop. Think. Respect. LGBTI campaign. There are a number of clips of people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex lived experiences telling their stories, as well as a television advertising campaign.

Safe Schools Coalition Australia

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Safe Schools Coalition Australia

SSCA is a national coalition dedicated to helping schools be safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families. Working It Out is the state partner in Tasmania. Check out the website for information about how schools can join the coalition and be supported to be inclusive. Safe Schools Coalition Australia is convened by the Foundation for Young Australians and is based on a model developed by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria.

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