Morgan Carpenter is an advocate, bioethicist, and consultant on bodily diversity issues.
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; membership of an Australian Human Rights Commission expert reference group on protecting the human rights of people with variations of 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 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.