A group of intersex allies have been for their advocacy and support with nominations for the inaugural Darling award, to be handed out on Intersex Awareness Day tomorrow.
Intersex Awareness Day is held on October 26 every year to raise awareness of intersex people and educate the public about the issues affecting them.
Intersex people are born with characteristics that don’t fit the typical definitions of “female” or “male”, and physical variations in intersex people can include chromosomes, hormones and anatomy.
Nearly two-percent of the population is born with intersex traits – similar to the number of people born with red hair – but young intersex people often undergo irreversible and unnecessary surgeries that have the potential to cause lifelong health issues and psychological harm.
Last year, a group of intersex advocates came together in Sydney to publish the landmark Darlington Statement, an outline of priorities for the intersex community.
The statement calls on government and clinical institutions to respect the human rights and bodily autonomy, greater respect for diversity and identity, and for intersex rights to be recognised in Australian anti-discrimination legislation.
This week, the group Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) announced the five nominees for the inaugural Darling award for intersex support and advocacy are the National LGBTI Health Alliance, People with Disability Australia, federal Greens Senator Janet Rice, ACT Labor, and the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs.
“The Darling will be presented to an organisation, institution or individual that demonstrates a commitment to action on intersex human rights beyond affirming the Darlington Statement,” the group said.
“The Darlington Statement is a community consensus statement that sets out the demands of the intersex human rights movement in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
“It calls for recognition of our right to bodily integrity, and outlines the systemic changes needed to ensure our enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and other human rights.”
On Friday, the Story Bridge in Brisbane will be lit in purple and yellow – the colours of the intersex flag – to recognise Intersex Awareness Day.
(Top photo via IHRA)