OII And Pride in Diversity launch an Employers Guide to Intersex Inclusion
Oct08

OII And Pride in Diversity launch an Employers Guide to Intersex Inclusion

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:29 Written by // Cec Busby

Organisation Intersex International Australia (OII) and Pride in Diversity have joined forces to collaborate on a world first – an intersex inclusion guide for employers.

The guide aims to provide information about intersex to employers including protections related to intersex status in Commonwealth law, disclosure in regards to medical issues in the workplace and travel as well as guidelines on inclusive language and advice on how o be an intersex ally.

Intersex status was added as a new attribute in antii-discrimination law in 2013, but OII president Morgan Carpenter said currently the information that the wider community has on intersex is limited.

"Social and cultural attitudes towards intersex have a huge impact on our lives at work and outside it. This guide is here to help. It hopes to enable more people with intersex variations to just be ourselves, as we are,” said Carpenter.

"We hope that it will make a difference to intersex people who are employed by your organisation, and those who are clients or customers of your business. In the words of an international intersex community consensus statement, we hope that it will help create supportive, safe and celebratory workplaces."

Dawn Hough, director of Pride in Diversity, said the publication has been written with those working in Human Resources and Diversity and Leadership roles in mind, but suggested it would have a much wider impact.

“It will have a much broader reach in terms of educating people more generally on some of the shared (LGBTI) and unique workplaces experiences of our intersex employees,” Hough commented.

"There is an opportunity to lead the way in this aspect of LGBTI workplace inclusion globally. We need to be advocates and allies for our intersex employees and colleagues. I challenge and encourage you to be a leader in this area, both personally and organisationally. This publication has been written to instigate change. Change requires action. Here is an opportunity to be at the forefront of LGBTI inclusion and make a real difference to the lived experience of intersex employees within our organisations and beyond."

The guide has been proudly sponsored by IBM. You can download a copy here

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Cec Busby

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

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