CAAH rocked by schism, claims of branch stacking
A schism has developed in one of the country’s most vocal LGBTI community groups with Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII) quitting Sydney-based Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) amidst claims of branch stacking and a lack of communication by members of the new leadership team.
OII president Gina Wilson said the leading intersex activist group had for a number of years welcomed participating in meetings and actions against homophobia and to raise intersex-related issues.
Wilson said the situation changed, when in 2011, OII was refused dialogue with another organisation claiming to represent intersex people before CAAH endorsed their activities.
“That dialogue was refused and the Campaign subscribed to a platform that, in part, damaged the interests of intersex people,” Wilson said.
“We had hoped that, once the issues around the 2011 event had resolved themselves, people would get back to the main task of CAAH, the fight against homophobia.
“However, our experience of CAAH meetings has become one characterised by open hostility from a faction within the campaign.”
Wilson further alleged that changes in the last six months had seen a breakdown in communication with members.
“More recent developments have seen one of the conveners leave, and his replacement refusing to communicate with us,” Wilson said.
Numerous attempts by SX to contact CAAH conveners over the past week have gone unanswered.
OII will remain committed to the campaign for marriage equality and continue to stand against homophobia and work with the wider LGBTI community, Wilson said, particularly with gender and sex diverse allies.
“While we leave CAAH, we would like to acknowledge the significant support and help that some members of the organisation have given us. We would especially like to thank Cat Rose and her colleagues for their encouragement and help,” Wilson added.