Morgan Carpenter is a bioethicist, advocate, and consultant on bodily diversity issues, a Justice of the Peace in NSW, and a graduate and PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics, the University of Sydney.
An intersex man, Morgan is a co-executive director of Intersex Human Rights Australia (formerly OII Australia), and founder of the Intersex Day project. He is also the creator of the intersex flag. Current roles include consulting to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and membership of 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.
Morgan played an active role in systemic advocacy on federal anti-discrimination legislation and a Senate committee inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation in 2012-3. He participated in the first expert meeting held by the UN on ending human rights violations against intersex persons in 2015, and has moderated a presentation on intersex to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 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. 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, UTS, and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.