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Morgan Carpenter, photographed by Mark Dickson of Deepfield Photography, March 2018

Morgan Carpenter, photographed by Mark Dickson, March 2018


Morgan is a bioethicist and intersex human rights defender, with lived experience. Qualified in the Master of Bioethics program at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, Morgan has changed the face of intersex advocacy globally, and locally. In 2013 he designed and shared the Intersex Flag, now used across the world, framed around concepts of bodily integrity and autonomy. In the same year he appeared before Senate inquiries on sterilisation and discrimination law, addressing issues raised in submissions to those inquiries, and he became president of Intersex Human Rights Australia. Initially indebted, the organisation now has five part-time staff and a global reputation.

He was a participant in the first expert meeting held by the UN on ending human rights violations against intersex persons in 2015. During 2017, Morgan helped construct the Darlington Statement, an intersex community consensus statement in Australia and Aotearoa/NZ. He was also a member of a drafting committee for the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.

Morgan has been contracted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization, the government of the Australian Capital Territory and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. He is a reference or advisory group member for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and New South Wales Health, and was a member of a reference group for an inquiry by the Australian Human Rights Commission that reported in 2021.

Morgan was an inaugural advisory board member for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice intersex human rights fund – established with seed funding from the parents of an intersex child. 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, a Master of Information Technology from UTS (2004), and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Sydney Medical School (2018). He is a PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney, and a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.