Submission on the Yogyakarta Principles
A submission on the Yogyakarta Principles and how they should be supplemented at the 10-year point to reflect developments in international human rights law on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression and Sex Characteristics.
The human rights of intersex people: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change
A peer-reviewed article published in the Reproductive Health Matters medical journal, July 2015. From the abstract:
A global and decentralised intersex movement pursues simple core goals: the rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination, and an end to stigmatisation. The international human rights system is responding with an array of new policy statements from human rights institutions and a handful of national governments recognising the rights of intersex people. However, major challenges remain to implement those statements.
Intersex rights and freedoms
Published in 2015 in the UNSW Law Society journal “Court of Conscience” issue on “rights and freedoms”, this paper considers what it means to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits:
“Intersex status” is a new attribute in federal anti-discrimination law, introduced in 2013, but few institutions have yet responded to this development. Those few have typically focused on the same issues of honorifics, pronouns and toilets that they might address in tackling gender identity discrimination, while media reports frequently suggest that LGBTI people are all gay. So what does the law say, and what does it mean to address the rights and freedoms of people born with intersex traits?
Joint submission on reform of the International Classification of Diseases
Together with Mauro Cabral Grinspan of (GATE/Justicia Intersex), Morgan edited a joint community submission on reform of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The report was submitted in 2014 and published in 2015. It establishes a set of grounding principles, and provides an overview of terminological and historical issues, before an analysis of broad and specific issues with the ICD framework and diagnoses. The submission also details human rights concerns and presents an epistemological analysis.
Intersex inclusion for employers
Together with Dawn Hough of Pride in Diversity, Morgan wrote an Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion (ISBN 978-0-646-92905-7), published in 2014. The guide provides information on intersex, bodies, identities and inclusive language, as well as disclosure and workplace medical issues, and an overview of Commonwealth anti-discrimination protections. It’s a world-first guide for employers and was kindly sponsored by IBM.
Intersex, Intersectionality, Epistemic Injustice and Structural Violence
Intersex people are recognized in Australian anti-discrimination law through an attribute of “intersex status”. At the same time, intersex variations are described by medicine as ‘Disorders of Sex Development’, implying that intersex persons collectively have individual disorders that can be ‘fixed’. While ‘fixing’ sex is increasingly understood as a human rights issue, the birth of an intersex infant remains a ‘challenging clinical emergency’. Surgical interventions on minors continue, addressing psychosocial rationales such as family distress, and even marriageability. This paper applies the concepts of intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1993), structural violence (Galtung, 1969), and epistemic injustice (Fricker, 2007) to the physical and mental health of people with intersex variations.
The Employment of People with Disabilities
In 1998, Morgan authored The Employment of People with Disabilities in Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Dublin (ISBN 92-828-2949-9). The book presented case studies and qualitative analysis from six European countries.