World First Publication - Employers' Guide To Intersex Inclusion

World First Publication – Employers’ Guide To Intersex Inclusion

Pride in Diversity Australia is proud and delighted to partner with OII Australia to publish the Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion. Written by Morgan Carpenter (OII) and Dawn Hough (Pride in Diversity), kindly sponsored by IBM.

A world-first, the guide presents information about intersex for employers, including:

  • An introduction to intersex.
  • Intersex bodies, identities, and inclusive language.
  • Disclosure, medical issues in the workplace, and travel.
  • Protections related to “intersex status” in Commonwealth law.
  • Information for diversity and inclusion professionals.
  • Top 10 ways to be an intersex ally.
  • Information for parents of intersex children.
  • Additional information and a glossary of terms.


Morgan Carpenter, president of OII Australia, stated:

“Intersex status appeared as a new attribute in Australian Commonwealth anti-discrimination law in 2013, yet employer and community understanding of intersex remains 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.

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, commented:

“This publication has been specifically written for those working in Human Resources, Diversity and Network Leadership roles but 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.

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.”

More information

Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only national not- for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion. Specialists in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity, Pride in Diversity has established itself as an internationally recognised program and a partner to many LGBTI employer support organisations across the globe. Pride in Diversity are also the publishers of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion from which the Top 20 Employers for LGBTI employers is determined. For more information on Pride in Diversity visit

OII Australia is a national Public Benevolent Institution by and for intersex people. The organisation’s goals are to support people with intersex variations, to help create a society where sex differences are not stigmatised and where intersex people’s rights as people are recognised.


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Citation and catalogue information

Carpenter, M., Hough, D. (2014) Employers’ Guide to Intersex Inclusion. Sydney: Pride in Diversity and Organisation Intersex International Australia.

ISBN 978-0-646-92905-7.