Morgan Carpenter

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Morgan Carpenter
Born 1966
Nationality Australian
Occupation Community activist, researcher
Known for Intersex activist, co-chair of Organisation Intersex International Australia

Morgan Carpenter is an intersex activist and researcher.[1] He became president of Organisation Intersex International Australia in September 2013, and is now a co-executive director.[2] In 2015, he founded a project to mark Intersex Awareness Day.[3] Australia's Gay News Network included him in their "LGBTI people to watch in 2014".[4]


Morgan Carpenter helped found Organisation Intersex International Australia[2] and became president of the organisation in September 2013.[2][5][6] His intersex status was diagnosed as an adult, described as including a diagnosis of "indeterminate sex",[7] and a complex surgical history.[8][9]

Carpenter wrote OII Australia's submissions to Senate inquiries and appeared before a Senate hearing on anti-discrimination legislation, during activities that led to the adoption of an "intersex status" attribute in anti-discrimination law on 1 August 2013,[6][10][11][12] and a Senate committee inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation.[13][14][15] Carpenter has also authored critiques of eugenic selection against intersex traits.[16]

With recognition of non-binary gender identities in Australian regulations, and German birth certificates, Carpenter expressed concern that such developments are "not a solution" to the needs of intersex people.[17][18][19][20] Nevertheless, Carpenter is the recipient of a passport with an 'X' sex marker.[21]

While opposing use of "Disorders of Sex Development" or "DSD", as "pathologising" terminology,[22] Carpenter is named as a reviewer for a DSD Genetics website funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.[23]

Carpenter took part in the "first United Nations Human Rights Council side event on intersex issues" in March 2014, alongside Mauro Cabral and representatives of Intersex UK and Zwischengeschlecht,[24] In 2015, Carpenter joined an international advisory board for a first philanthropic Intersex Human Rights Fund established by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.[25] In the same year, he founded a project to mark Intersex Awareness Day.[3][26]

Carpenter speaks out against stigma,[27] and has spoken out in national media on issues affecting women purported to have intersex traits in competitive sport.[28][29] In 2015, he participated in an analysis of access to sport and healthy lifestyles for the UN Special Rapporteur on health.[30]

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In 2013, Australia's Gay News Network included Carpenter in their "LGBTI people to watch in 2014".[4]


  1. ^ "Morgan Carpenter". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "The OII Australia Board". Organisation Intersex International Australia. 12 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Cross-Movement Initiatives". Association for Women's Rights in Development. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b "LGBTI people to watch in 2014". Gay News Network. 1 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Changes At OII As Trailblazer Gina Wilson Retires". Star Observer. 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Board changes at OII Australia: Gina Wilson steps down". Gay News Network. 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Carpenter, Morgan (May 2016). "The human rights of intersex people: addressing harmful practices and rhetoric of change". Reproductive Health Matters. 24 (47): 74–84. doi:10.1016/j.rhm.2016.06.003. ISSN 0968-8080. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Intersex health – Morgan Carpenter's presentation to Health in Difference conference". OII Australia. 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Safran, John; Maguire, Father Bob (May 2014). "04/05/2014". Sunday Night Safran. Triple J. 
  10. ^ "A Watershed Moment". Gay News Network. 2 July 2013. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "We welcome the Senate Inquiry report on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012". Organisation Intersex International Australia. 21 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "On the historic passing of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013". Organisation Intersex International Australia. 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Forced intersex surgery 'genital mutilation'". Star Observer. 24 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "LGBTI Health Update" (PDF). National LGBTI Health Alliance. May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Senate Inquiry reveals forced surgery on intersex children". Gay News Network. 25 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Council of Europe; Commissioner for Human Rights (April 2015). Human rights and intersex people, Issue Paper. Council of Europe. p. 54. 
  17. ^ "Third sex option on birth certificates". Deutsche Welle. 1 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Third Gender: A Step Toward Ending Intersex Discrimination". Der Spiegel. 22 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Intersex activist questions German law reform". Star Observer. 8 November 2013. 
  20. ^ Cox, Lisa (28 November 2013). "ACT government bill will introduce wider gender identification". Canberra Times. 
  21. ^ "'X' gender: Germans no longer have to classify their kids as male or female". RT. 3 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Concluding submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation". OII Australia. 12 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Disorders of Sex Development Research Website". University of Queensland, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  24. ^ "Intersex side event at the UN Human Rights Council". Organisation Intersex International Australia. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  25. ^ "Introducing the Intersex Fund team at Astraea!". Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Credits". Intersex Day Project. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  27. ^ Chaleyer, Rani (10 March 2015). "Intersex: the I in LGBTI". SBS The Feed. Special Broadcasting Service. 
  28. ^ Brook, Benedict (16 August 2016). "There should be no questions about Caster Semenya's right to compete at the Olympics, say experts". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  29. ^ Stewart, Erin (17 August 2016). "Haters and hyperandrogenism: Caster Semenya's road to becoming an Olympic favourite". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  30. ^ Carpenter, Morgan (11 August 2016). "Policy development and research". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 

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