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Intersex Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL BY JEFFREY EUGENIDES

Article appeared in Polare 49, December 2002

Jeffrey Eugenides has done his intersex homework which is put to good effect in this fictional story. A decade in the making, Middlesex is the story of Lefty and Desdemona who flee Asia-Minor, Greek culture, a lifetime of guilt, and the 5-A.R.D. gene in their baggage ...

AN INSPIRATION IN MANY WAYS

Article appeared in Polare 61, January 2005

Sharon's loving partner of over seven years, Lee Brown, passed away in October 2004. Many people knew Lee through his work in academia, the Transgender Liberation Coalition, the Gender Centre, Health In Difference Conferences, and the Intersex Network of N.S.W... 

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Article appeared in Polare 41, August 2001

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome is an intersex condition caused by an interruption of foetal reproductive system development where embryonic testes develop and start to produce androgens which the body is unable to respond to in varying degrees ...

CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011

Anre was born with 11 Beta C.A.H. Doctors were concerned at hir virilised appearance and advised hir mother to attend a children's hospital. Medical experts there contacted the then leading hospital on Intersex differences. The advice from Johns Hopkins was extraordinary ... 

WITHIN THE FAMILY, SCHOOLYARD, WORKPLACE, THE MEDIA AND BY THOSE WE DEPEND UPON

Article appeared in Polare 87, April 2011

Bullying is endemic in all walks of life, but a civilised and egalitarian society attempts to eliminate it as much as humanly possible. However marginalised groups like Intersex, Sex and/or Gender Diverse people can be particularly targeted within the greater society ...

EVEN A SINGLE ACT CAN HAVE A MASSIVELY DETRIMENTAL EFFECT TO SOMEONE'S MENTAL HEALTH

Article appeared in Polare 93, October 2012

While bullying is often thought of as an experience most likely to be encountered by children and adolescents, it is also a reality in adult life for those unfortunate enough to encounter adult bullies. We know that bullies exist everywhere - in our school system, in universities and workplaces ...

FROM THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Article appeared in Polare 105, October 2015

Learn more about the human rights challenges of intersex people and the actions that can be taken to protect their human rights and tackle violence and discrimination. ...

VOICES FROM THE SHARDS OF LANGUAGE

Article appeared in Polare 61, January 2005

An exploration of how the experiences of intersexuals have been erased in the modern conceptual frameworks which are used to position them in this society today. In other words, how the voices of intersexuals have been silenced in theoretical discourses of gender and sexuality ... 

A CHALLENGE TO THE BINARY CONCEPT OF GENDER

Article appeared in Polare 44, February 2002

Sherona expresses hir understanding of how the medical community and others have (mis)treated intersex people, however zie is able to forgive these people for mistakes that have been made in the past in an effort to strive for more understanding and better future ...

THE WORLD'S LARGEST INTERSEX ORGANISATION BRANCHES INTO AUSTRALIA

Article appeared in Polare 80, July 2009

O.I.I.Australia was formed to promote awareness of intersex, provide peer support and lobby for change to see intersex included in human rights legislation, provide protection at law for and to ensure intersex has legal remedies against discrimination and vilification ... 

IF WE ARE NEITHER FEMALE NOR MALE WHAT EXACTLY IS THE NATURE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP?

Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013

Gina Wilson takes a look at the legal precedents that currently preclude Intersex people marrying anyone at all, and explains that every intervention in the lives of intersex people is done with an weather eye to heterosexual 'marriage readiness' and that need for readiness is propelled by deep seated homophobia ... 

SEEKING THE RIGHT TO BE OURSELVES

Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013

Gina Wilson takes a look at the legal precedents that currently preclude Intersex people marrying anyone at all, and explains that every intervention in the lives of intersex people is done with an weather eye to heterosexual 'marriage readiness' and that need for readiness is propelled by deep seated homophobia ...

THE TRIALS, THE TRIBULATIONS, THE FRUSTRATIONS

Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011

Many men are unaware that they may have an extra chromosome which signifies Klinefelter Syndrome (XXY), the most common chromosomal variation found in men. This overview gives an insight into the anatomical and physiological outcomes for those with Klinefelter Syndrome ...

A SIMPLIFIED GUIDE

Article appeared in Polare 29, February 1999

"You've got breasts" David's new doctor said. "Those are symptoms"! Over the next hour he took a karyotype (chromosome count), hormone levels and sperm count. The result wasn't obesity, it was something new to him, and all his past doctors, it was Klinefelter's Syndrome ... 

THE TALE OF TWO CHILDREN

Article appeared in Polare 38, August 2000

This is the tale of two children, born with the outward appearance of girls, but lacking the inner-passageways of either sex: no cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes, no seminal vesicles, vasa deferentia or prostate. One had a boy's testes, the other had a girl's ovaries. Both of the children were reared the way their appearance demanded - as girls ...

 
 
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