April 27, 2004

Australia legal reforms under threat

In the same week the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard declares his intent to have gay marriages explicitly banned, he is apparently also seeking advice on the recently reported case of Alex, the 13 year old transsexal boy, set to receive hormone therapy.

Howard constantly uses the rationale that he speaks for the (silent) majority of "ordinary Australians" so any counter-attack needs to be united and focused on the underlying issue of human rights.

The Organisation Internationale des Intersexués is one organisation to have sent a letter (reproduced below)
to the Australian government to condemn any moves to block this historic precedent.

They suggest writing to the following email addresses expressing concern:

john.anderson.mp@aph.gov.au, Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au
facs.internet@facs.gov.au ; libadm@liberal.org.au ; theworldnews@sbs.com.au ;

In practice, snail mail (by post) has significently more impact to politicians.

"Honourable Members of the Australian Government:

We the undersigned, Joëlle-Circé Laramée and I, are writing on behalf of the
Organisation Internationale des Intersexués (www.intersexualite.org) to
express our concern about the young transsexed boy Alex.

It is our understanding that certain legal judgments in Australia have
classed transsexuality as an intersexed condition. If this is so, we are
requesting that Alex be given access to all medical care that will assist him in living
as the young man that he is. To subject this young man to further mutilation
of his sexual identity is, in our opinion, a very serious human rights

We are therefore, as an international organisation which campaigns in favour
of human rights for the intersexed, imploring you to respect this young man
and to treat him with the dignity that all people, with or without intersexed
conditions, should be accorded.

Joëlle-Circé Laramée, Vice-présidente de l'OII
Curtis E. Hinkle, Président de l'OII"

Posted by .M. at April 27, 2004 05:07 PM | TrackBack


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