Speeches and presentations
All of the sessions were excellent, but I was very, very moved by Morgan Carpenter’s presentation – I learnt a lot about a subject I previously had no idea about.
…the conference committee have managed a quick look at the feedback forms and overwhelmingly the most popular session was yours. Indeed, many attendees will now go back into their services and start conversations about what true affirmative LGBTI practice might mean.
Selected presentations are detailed below. Text, audio, video and/or translations are available where noted. Academic lectures and other student presentations follow at the bottom of the page.
Forthcoming presentations and events
- Intersex – misconceptions and surgical interventions at the First Annual LGBTI Legal & Regulatory Conference, Stamford Plaza Hotel, Melbourne, 25-26 May 2017. Details and registration.
Presentations in 2017
- Australian Human Rights Commission RightsTalk: Creating Equality – The Role of Law in Protecting SOGII Rights, with Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow; Anna Brown, Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation, Human Right Law Centre; and Imam Nur Warsame, Founder of Marhaba, a social support group for LGBTIQ Muslims. Wednesday 22 February 2017, 5-6pm, at Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. Text of speech and video of event, press statement by the Commission
- Statement to the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, with Miriam van der Have (NNID/OII Europe), Dan Ghattas (IVIM/OII Europe), Betsy Driver (Bodies Like Ours) and Mauro Cabral (GATE/Justicia Intersex), in my role as a consultant to GATE. Geneva, 25 January 2017. More details and full text
- Senate hearing on the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill. Canberra, 25 January 2017 (via teleconference). Full text available via Hansard.
Presentations in 2016
- A webinar for the National LGBTI Health Alliance on “Intersex human rights: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change”, Wednesday 7 December at 1pm (AEDT). More information or watch.
- “Intersex, thinking outside the box: intersex, identity, harmful practices and 20 years of activism.” A talk for Intersex Awareness Day on Wednesday 26 October 2016, from 12 to 1pm at the University of Technology, Sydney, Building CB08.02.002 (the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building). Text published by the Intersex Day Project; short version published by Archer Magazine.
- Intersex Human Rights: Why we need research supporting an affirmative model of care, collaborative panel presentation at the conference After the Recognition of Intersex Human Rights. Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Surrey, England, September 2016. With Holly Greenberry (iUK) Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile (Dublin City University), Kimberly Zieselman (interACT), Dr Georgiann Davis (UNLV), Kitty Anderson (OII Europe & Intersex Iceland), Miriam van der Have (OII Europe & Nederlands Netwerk Intersekse/DSD), and Daniela Truffer (Zwischengeschlecht).
- Depathologisation, a cross-movement session at the 13th AWID International Forum. Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, September 2016.
- UTS Law Society panel on Gender and sexual diversity, UTS Building 11, 5.30pm on 23 August 2016, with David Bennett QC, Geoff Holland (UTS Law), Hilary Kincaid (Inner City Legal Centre) and Ruth Nocka (Corrs Chambers Westgarth).
- AWID Forum webinar on Bridging Gaps: A Conversation between Disability, Intersex and Trans Activists, 17 August 2016, with Janet Price, Leigh Ann van der Merwe and Nidhi Goyal. More information. Video available.
- Challenges and Lived Realities, panel presentation at the Global LGBTI Human
Rights Conference 2016: Non-Violence, Non-Discrimination and Social Inclusion, Montevideo, Uruguay, 13 July 2016.
- The human rights of intersex people, 10 years after the Yogyakarta Principles and the Chicago ‘consensus’ statement, for Justicia Intersex and the Ministerio Público Tutelar of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 7 July 2016. Video interview available
- Intersex issues in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), presentation at WPATH, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 June 2016, in collaboration with Mauro Cabral (GATE/Justicia Intersex) and Miriam van der Have (NNID/OII Europe).
- Macquarie University Law Society “Social Justice Speaker Night” focusing on “LGBTQI+ & The Law”, Sydney, 27 April 2016. Speakers include Jenny Leong (Greens MP for Newtown), Michael Kearney SC, Morgan Carpenter (OII Australia) and Kate Gleeson (Macquarie University), and chaired by Jon Papadopoulo.
- Sydney Ideas: The Silent Tears Project at the University of Sydney, 6 April 2016. Morgan spoke about identity and medicine, appearing on a panel with Susan Salthouse (Member of the COAG Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women), Megan Mitchell (National Children’s Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission), Associate Professor Kirsty Foster (Associate Dean, Sydney Medical School), and participants in the Silent Tears Project. The event was co-presented with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Audio available – Morgan’s presentation begins at around 53 minutes in.
- Late Night Library: Queerstories; a personal story, in Kings Cross, Sydney, on 2 March 2016, presented by Blackcat Productions, also including Rebecca Shaw, Colleen Windsor, Dr Emma A Jane (UNSW) and Candy Royalle.
- International dialogue on culture/tradition and its intersection with gender and sexuality, Middle East and North Africa, co-organised by ARC International and MantiQitna Network and held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 20-22 February 2016. This was a Joint presentation with Mauro Cabral (GATE/Justicia Intersex) and Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese).
- Arcus Forum: Invisible No More, 22 January 2016. A panel on the international intersex human rights movement, presented at the conference Creating Change in Chicago, USA. Morgan spoke alongside Natasha Jímenez (Costa Rica), Julius Kaggwa (Uganda), Hiker Chiu (Taiwan), Silvan Agius (Malta) and Kimberly Zieselmen (US). Video available.
Presentations in 2015
- Plenary panel presentation on “Crossing new frontiers of rights recognition“at the OutSummit Conference held by OutRight Action International at CUNY Law School, New York, USA, 12 December 2015. Fellow panelists were Monica Tabengwa (PAI, Botswana/South Africa), Mauro Cabral (GATE/Justicia Intersex, Argentina), Evelyn Schlatter (Southern Poverty Law Center, US), and Masha Gessen (journalist, Russia/US). The session was moderated by Jessica Stern of OutRight International.
- Presentation, meetings and discussion with Dainius Puras, UN Special Rapporteur on health, and representatives of the International Olympic Committee, researchers and experts. Geneva, Switzerland, 30 November – 1 December 2015. The report, A/HRC/32/33, was published on 4 April 2016.
- Intersex Awareness Day presentation on Intersex bodies and the society that shapes them at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), 26 October 2015. This talk covered health and human rights issues.
- Intersex expert meeting on ending human rights violations against intersex persons opened by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN Human Rights Council with intersex human rights defenders from five continents, bioethicists, legal experts and medical experts. Geneva, September 2015. Report forthcoming.
- Chaired a UN Human Rights Council side event on Intersex human rights, with intersex human rights defenders from five continents: Julius Kaggwa (SIPD Uganda), Dan Christian Ghattas (OII Europe), Hiker Chiu (Oii-Chinese) and Kimberly Zieselman (interACT US). Geneva, Switzerland, September 2015. Video available.
- Joint workshop presentation on Beyond an Intersex 101: disorders, bodies and identities, with Bonnie Hart, president of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia to the Health in Difference conference, 2015, National Convention Centre in Canberra, Australia, 15 August 2015.
- Speaking tour of Italy, May 2015 including speeches at Università Degli Studi Di Verona (Centro di Ricerca Politesse Politiche e Teorie Della Sessualità, Verona); Università Degli Studi Firenze (Florence); Comitato Unico di Garanzia, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Careggi (Florence); an IDAHOT event organised by Piemonte Region; a meeting at Casa Arcobaleno organised by Coordinamento Torino Pride LGBT (Turin); and also a presentation with the cofounder of intersexioni and Certi Diritti hon. president Alessandro Comeni at the Casa del Popolo di Settignano, Tuscany, on “Self-determination, physical integrity, freedom of choice for people with intersex traits”. The tour was made possible thanks to the Marie Curie Actions research project “intersexions” by Dr Michela Balocchi (Marie Curie research fellow and cofounder of intersexioni).
- Moderation of presentations on Intersex health and human rights to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2015, in partnership with OII Europe, GATE and Zwischengeschlecht.org. The Committee subsequently made recommendations to Germany that included protecting the integrity of intersex persons.
- Intersex and ageing, LGBTI ageing round table, Sydney, Australia, 3 February 2015. Full text available. Also published in Spanish as Intersexualidad y envejecimiento by Laura Inter at Brújula Intersexual.
Presentations in 2014
- Employers and people with intersex variations, presentation to the national Pride in Diversity annual conference, Sydney, Australia, December 2014.
- Presentations and workshop at civil society and non-state donor conference to Advance the human rights of and promote the inclusive development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (and intersex) persons, Washington DC, USA, November 2014. Read the civil society statement from this event.
- Speech at the Wheeler Centre on Intersex Bodies and the Society That Shapes Them, Melbourne, Australia, November 2014. Full text available.
- Presentation on Intersex Human Rights and Health: Lessons from Australia to the ILGA 2014 World Conference, in Mexico City, October 2014.
- Speech at The Mental Health Services Conference on Diversity & power in mental health services, Intersex: intersectionality, epistemic injustice and structural violence, Perth, Australia, 28 August 2014. Full text available. Also published in Spanish as Intersexualidad: Interseccionalidad, violencia epistémica y estructura by Laura Inter at Brújula Intersexual.
- Presentation on “Intersex activism, achievements and challenges”, at the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia annual conference, Sydney, Australia, 10 August 2014.
- Presentations and workshop at LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2014. Full text and video available.
- Intersex people and mental health, speech to the Courageous Voices LGBTI Mental Health Conference, Sydney, Australia, June 2014.
- Speaking via specially prerecorded video to the first ever UN Human Rights Council side event on intersex, Geneva, Switzerland, March 2014. Video available.
- Panel discussion on A queer thing happened on the way to the newsroom, a Walkley Media Talk at the NSW State Library, Sydney, Australia, February 2014. This talk covered health and human rights issues.
Presentations in 2013
- Plenary presentation, Healthcare pathways for intersex, trans and gender diverse young people, Geelong Victoria, October 2013. Video available. Also with Italian subtitles, via Intersexioni (translation made possible by the Marie Curie Actions research program INTERSEXIONS and Dr Michela Balocchi).
- National LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence conference, Sydney, September 2013.
- Plenary presentation on intersex health to the National LGBTI Health Alliance conference Health in Difference, Melbourne, April 2013. Audio and full text available.
- Senate hearing on the Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities, and intersex people. Sydney, 27 March 2013. Full text available via Hansard.
- Senate hearing on the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. Sydney, 24 January 2013. Full text available via Hansard.
Presentations in 2012
- Intersex, LGBT and the Workplace, presentation to the national Pride in Diversity annual conference, Sydney, November 2012.
- Presentation on intersectionalities between intersex and lesbian and gay communities to After Homosexual, a conference on the legacies of gay liberation, Melbourne, February 2012. Full text available.
Academic lectures and other student presentations
- A guest lecture for the Sex, Gender & Sexuality unit (SEXH5407) of the Masters degree programs in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health at the University of Sydney Medical School. 19 October 2016.
- Intersex, for the Master of Genetic Counselling program unit GENC5011, Clinical Practice III, University of Sydney Medical School – Northern. 25 August 2016.
- Lecture on intersex traits for the Master of Genetic Counselling course at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, 10 September 2015.
- Workshop and presentation on Inclusive schools for students with intersex variations to the National Safe Schools Symposium, 30 July 2015. Full text available.
- Presentation on Intersex health and well-being to the University of Melbourne Medical Doctor Student Conference, Melbourne Convention Centre, 30 June 2015.
- Presentations at Università Degli Studi Di Verona (Centro di Ricerca Politesse Politiche e Teorie Della Sessualità, Verona); Università Degli Studi Firenze (Florence); and Comitato Unico di Garanzia, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Careggi (Florence). May, 2015.
- Lecture on intersex for the Bodies, Sexualities, Identities unit at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, 30 April 2013.
Please note that I am registered as a casual teacher at the University of Sydney.