On Intersex Awareness Day, Intersex Human Rights Australia and Intersex Peer Support Australia have partnered with community health groups to launch resources aimed at promoting genuinely inclusive practice and ending tokenism.
With the National LGBTI Health Alliance, they have published the new Raising the bar and Inclusion guide to respecting people with intersex variations, intended to go beyond the basics.
“Inclusion occurs when people are not only comprehended, welcomed, and respected, but also where the issues facing intersex people are meaningfully addressed,” said Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia.
Tony Briffa of Intersex Human Rights Australia said that LGBTIQ and other diversity programs and organisations are only genuinely inclusive if they raise awareness of intersex people and provide access to intersex-appropriate resources.
“Unfortunately, most aren’t, and because they don’t understand intersex issues, often conflate intersex as being about gender or being non-binary, causing ongoing harm to intersex people and our families,” said Briffa.
The new guides provide toolkits for moving beyond terminology to take meaningful action, considering the diversity and needs of people with intersex variations.
With the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, the organisations have published new resources to help develop affirmative healthcare services.
The Intersex Health & Wellbeing resources, which will formally launch on 6 November, work together to visually map established healthcare needs and highlight potential gaps in services.
Also available are new training programs, delivered online or face-to-face, by people with lived experience.
Intersex Human Rights Australia and Intersex Peer Support Australia are also proud to announce the new Yellow Tick program, which can ensure an organisation is affirmative of intersex people.
The Yellow Tick is a community-led initiative that assists groups develop inclusive and affirmative practices for programs, clients, and staff.
Through providing a policy and program review service alongside intersex training and resources, the Yellow Tick helps improve consistency and accountability when groups move to learn more and make their services more inclusive.
“The Yellow Tick now provides a central place to get training and resources that is peer-led, peer-reviewed, and reflective of the many different intersex voices that form our community,” said Bonnie Hart of Intersex Peer Support Australia.
“The Yellow Tick shows you and your organisation have actively considered intersex people in your work and have taken the necessary steps to gain Yellow Tick approval, such as intersex training,” said Briffa.
“I encourage all organisations to consider their inclusion of intersex people in their pride and diversity programs and to contact us for a no-obligation discussion about how we can help.”