Intersex Peer Support Australia launches

Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA), 25th October 2019

On the eve of Intersex Awareness Day, an internationally observed awareness day designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people, and observed on 26 October each year, one of the oldest intersex groups in the world is launching a new name, branding and website.

Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) will carry on the important work of the 1985-founded Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA), which for more than three decades has been dedicated to assisting people born with variations in sex characteristics and their families, providing Australia-wide peer support, information and advocacy.

Elise Nyhuis, President of IPSA said, “The new identity will make us more visible to government agencies and support funders, and is more inclusive of the more than 40 known intersex variations, our diverse community and their families.”

“Our organisation advocates for and provides peer support to its members and the wider intersex community, focusing on the lived experience of having intersex bodies that physically differ from stereotypical, medical notions of male and female.

“The intersex community in Australia is strong and growing as people come out of hiding to stand together in the face of continued challenges from medicalisation, stigma and discrimination, shame, mental health issues, social inclusion, access to affirmative healthcare, parenting and human rights protection from medically unnecessary medical interventions on intersex children.

“Beyond our core work of providing intersex peer support, IPSA advocates for intersex issues through educating service providers, liaising with medical professionals, conducting policy review and consulting with government and NGOs, as well as by building community through coordinating opportunities and events for people with intersex variations to meet and share knowledge and experiences.

“The updated IPSA website will be a great resource for the whole community to learn more about the ‘I’ in the LGBTIQ acronym, while our membership will have access to a range of online extras through password-secured access,” said Elise.

Grey area: The fragile frontier of dementia, intimacy and sexual consent

The Globe & Mail (Canada), July 14, 2018

Amid ever-widening cultural conversations about sexual consent, dementia remains uncharted territory. As Canadians live longer, more are moving into long-term care with advancing dementia disorders. It’s a growing population with complex needs, not least of all in their intimate lives.

In the close-quarters environment of nursing homes, these people’s sexuality poses difficult ethical dilemmas for staff and for families

 

Australian sex workers fear US anti-trafficking laws could make the internet off limits

ABC News, 10/4/2018

Think about the tools you use for work, and then imagine a legal change on the other side of the world could take them out of your hands.

Sex workers fear that could happen in Australia if a contentious US bill becomes law. It’s aimed at making websites liable if they’re used to facilitate “sex trafficking”.

Like every profession, sex work is increasingly online, which means it often occurs on American web platforms.

 

ALHR: Government must do more to protect reproductive health rights

Lawyers Weekly, 22 March 2018

The leading advocacy group for human rights law in Australia has called on the federal government to better ensure the country is meeting its international obligations to protect women and girls when it comes to processes such as abortion. 

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) spoke earlier this week in response to comments from Nationals MP George Christensen and incoming Senator Amanda Stoker, who – at an anti-abortion rally held in Queensland this past Sunday – said they would lobby Treasurer Scott Morrison to cease funding of family planning services that include abortion, both in Australia and internationally.

Bridge walk through the Port (Fundraiser for South Australia Abortion Action Coalition)

SAAAC, October 2017

The South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC) are hosting a fundraising walk through the Port. This will be a fun and relaxed 5 km walk that will begin and end at Gallery Yampu and will take in the beautiful views around Port Adelaide. Your $25 registration includes a drink bottle with filtered water.

SAAAC is a broad coalition of people whose goal is to improve access to abortion in South Australia. Members have diverse backgrounds, including the medical, legal, academic, social justice, and advocacy professions. They are united in a belief that abortion should be regulated like any other health service and its location in the criminal law creates significant barriers to best care, and are advocating for change.

When: Sunday November 5th, 9.30am – approx. 11am

Where: Begin and end at Gallery Yampu (1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead SA 5015)

Cost: $25.00  – includes your own water bottle

Consent flowchart – education tool

Planned Parenthood Toronto, [2015?]

The consent flowchart has been designed to help young people understand how consent is negotiated.

People follow the instructional bubbles until they reach the end. They can continue each time they choose a consent option. If they choose an option where consent is not given, they land on an orange bubble and must go back to the beginning and start over. 

Yellow bubbles show different possible reposes to lack of consent.

Consent is not just about sex, as this chart shows.

Queering Sex Ed (QSE), which created this resource, is a project at Planned Parenthood Toronto, developing sex ed resources with and for LGBTQ youth. They create resources which are:

 

  • Inclusive
  • Accessible
  • Sex-positive
  • Includes trans* and cis people
  • Asexual positive
  • Doesn’t assume identity
  • Youth positive
  • Body positive
  • Empowering, not fear/shame based
  • Opens rather than closes possibilities
  • Accounts for pleasure
  • Awesome

Download the consent flowchart (PDF) here