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

Morgan Carpenter, photographed by Mark Dickson, March 2018

Morgan Carpenter is a bioethicist and human rights advocate. An intersex man, Morgan is executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia (a part-time role), creator of the intersex flag, and a founder of the Intersex Day project. He is also a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Morgan plays an active role in systemic advocacy on legislative, regulatory and clinical reform. Current and recent roles include contract work for the World Health Organization, the government of the Australian Capital Territory, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and membership of reference or advisory groups for an Australian Human Rights Commission expert group on protecting the human rights of people born with variations of sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and New South Wales Health.

He participated in federal inquiries on discrimination and involuntary or coerced sterilisation in 2012-3, and the first expert meeting held by the UN on ending human rights violations against intersex persons in 2015. During 2017, Morgan was 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. He has also consulted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and 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”, in 2013 Morgan 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.