Morgan Carpenter is an advocate and consultant on bodily diversity issues, and a social policy researcher.
Morgan is founder of an international Intersex Day project, a co-executive director of national intersex organisation OII Australia and a consultant to Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE). Current roles include consulting to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and preparation of a forthcoming publication; membership of an Australian Human Rights Commission expert reference group on protecting the human rights of people with intersex variations/variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions; membership of a drafting committee for an update to the Yogyakarta Principles; 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 intersex expert meeting held by the UN in 2015, and has moderated a presentation on intersex to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has advised multiple UN agencies, the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, a Council of Europe inquiry, and the UN Special Rapporteur on health. 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, Dublin City University, and a Masters in IT from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2017, he has completed a Master of Bioethics program at Sydney Health Ethics, in the University of Sydney Medical School, via the research pathway. He is a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.