Dr Eloise Brook & Dr Bridget Haire – The ABS Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables explained

Event type: 
Seminar
Event date: 
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 

Webinar via Microsoft Teams
Please click on the link just before the start of the webinar

Contact for inquiries: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or info@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Eloise Brook  

Dr Eloise Brook
Health and Communications Manager, The Gender Centre

Dr Eloise Brook is a writer, advocate and academic. She is the Health and Communications Manager for the NSW’s peak transgender organisation, The Gender Centre. Her work includes developing ways to empower the trans community to engage with the Australian media in more positive ways. She is a researcher and lecturer in political science and gender studies. She is the host and producer for The Gender Centre’s podcast Counting the Dead. Eloise was a member of the reference group for the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables.

   
Dr Bridget Haire  

Dr Bridget Haire
Senior Research Fellow, Kirby Institute

Dr Bridget Haire is a senior research fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. She conducts research in the areas of research ethics, public health and human rights, particularly with regard to HIV and other blood-borne infections, sexual health and emerging infectious diseases. Bridget was a member of the reference group for the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables.

 

Abstract

The recently released ABS Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables aims to standardise the collection and dissemination of data relating to sex, gender, variations of sex characteristics and sexual orientation in a manner that is inclusive. It was developed in consultation with community groups including Intersex Human Rights Australia, The Gender Centre, LGBTI Health Alliance and ACON.

This seminar will explain the definitions, concepts and rationales behind the wording choices, clarify its relationship to the forthcoming census, and explain instances where variant wording is acceptable and when it is not. This seminar will provide researchers who collect demographic information with the tools to understand why simplistic binary gender options ('male/female') are not good enough.

Opinions expressed in the Kirby Institute Seminar Series are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Kirby Institute or UNSW.

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