4: LGBT Embodiment: Queerness, Homonormativity and Anti-Discrimination Law

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This chapter outlines the ways in which intersex embodiment has been framed through an LGBT approach. This results in two contrasting perspectives: a ‘queer’ approach that problematizes heteronormative and binary institutional accounts; and a homonormative approach that tends to replicate existing institutional structures. It is this latter account of LGBT that has seemingly influenced policy makers in their framing of intersex issues. This chapter traces these tensions through Australia’s Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act (Cth) 2013. The chapter outlines how, despite myriad contributions, petitions and commentaries to the contrary, the Australian government failed to challenge the disorder narrative of intersex embodiment and subsequently was unable to change the behaviours and practices of medical practitioners in this area.

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