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OII Australia - Open Letter
OII Australia quits CAAH following a series of
me eting stacks .
For some years now OII Australia, represented
by our president, Gina Wilson, has participated in
me eting s and actions. We welcomed the oppor tu-
nity to raise intersex experiences of homophobia and
contribute to the Campaign’s activities.
This changed in 2011 when OII Australia sought
dialog ue with an org anisation claiming to represent
intersex before CAAH endorsed their activities.
That dialog ue was refused and the Campaign sub-
scribed to a platform that, in part, damag ed the inter-
ests of intersex p eople.
We had hoped that, once the issues around the
2011 event had resolved themselves, pe ople would
get back to the main task of CAAH, the fight ag ainst
homophobia. Howe ver, our experience of CAAH
me eting s has become one characterised by open hos-
tility from a faction within the Campaign.
More re cent developments have se en one of the
convenors leave, and his replacement refusing to
communicate with us.
While we leave CAAH, we would like to ac-
knowledge the significant supp ort and help that
some members of the org anisation have given us. We
would especially like to thank Cat Rose and her col-
leag ues for their encouragement and help.
This in no way diminishes OII Australia’s commit-
ment to the marriag e equality campaign our vigor-
ous stand against homophobia and our willing ness
in working with the wider LGBTI community. We
remain a part of many community collaborations in
general and particularly with Gender and Sex diverse
President of OII
Gay Marriage Bills Survey
I just saw today in The Australian (7/3/2012),
the notice put in by the Federal government inviting
people to fill in the survey on the gay marriage bills
to g o before the House of Reps. People have been
asked to complete it on line before 20 April and
the resu lts will be considere d by the House of Reps
Committee looking at the bills. I have just texted all
my friends and asked them to complete the sur vey.
I just wanted to know if you are drawing attention
to this in your mag azine. I think we ne ed to get the
word out for all LGBT people to fill this in so we can
make a difference to all of our lives and fulfil the hope
many of us have to marr y our partners. The website
the ad referred to is www.aph.gov.au/marriag e. The
sur vey is only a few questions but it takes about ten
minutes to complete. Could you please run this letter
to remind ever yone to get on this site and complete
the sur ve y so, e ven if marriage is not their aspiration,
their friends and relatives who are in same sex rela-
tionships may get the oppor tunity to marr y he re i n
our own country.
Wendy Dent, Moorooka, Qld
Thanks for drawing this to our attention Wen-
dy, it is indeed an important sur vey and I would
encourage all LOTL readers to take the time to
complete it. ~ Ed.
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