Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. We promote the human rights, self-determination and bodily autonomy of intersex people in Australia. We develop policy, and provide peer support, information and education. Our goals are to help create a society where our bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised. IHRA successfully advocated for the precedent-setting recognition of intersex people in Australia’s 2013 anti-discrimination law, and a Senate inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation.
The Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA) was established in 1985 and has historically been more focused on peer support. AISSGA’s aims include: connecting intersex people and families to share knowledge and experiences; educating the public to reduce stigma; encouraging development of appropriate medical pathways and psychological support for intersex people; encouraging meaningful research into intersex and providing community consultation; advocating for protection of the human rights of intersex people; and fostering wellbeing and pride in the intersex community. IHRA and AISSGA have participated in joint awareness raising actions and established a monthly social evening to help develop community and provide peer and family support services. They are now working to build a collaborative project between IHRA, AISSGA and the National LGBTI Health Alliance to ensure the development and sustainability of a peer support framework, and to grow the development of a professional support network.