Morgan Carpenter is an advocate, researcher, and consultant on bodily diversity issues.
Morgan is founder of the Intersex Day project, a co-executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia) and a consultant to GATE. Current roles include consulting to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; membership of an Australian Human Rights Commission expert group on protecting the human rights of people born with variations of sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions; and advisor to the first international Intersex Human Rights Fund, managed by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.
Morgan has played an active role in systemic advocacy on federal anti-discrimination legislation and a Senate committee inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation. Morgan participated in the first expert meeting held by the UN on ending human rights violations against intersex persons in 2015, and has moderated a presentation on intersex to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During 2017, Morgan was a member of a drafting committee for a supplement to the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics. While opposing the pathologisation of intersex traits as “DSDs”, Morgan has also formally reviewed a “DSD Genetics” research website funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Morgan has qualifications from Coventry and Dublin City University, and is now a PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.