ETA (18 Oct 2009): This may, in fact, be complete rumour, everyone! Apologies for not checking; I didn’t realise the PBS was online. If you look here, you can see that there are multiple indications under which it can be prescribed, and whilst one of the first is for ‘deviancy’, the secondary indication can be “Moderate to severe androgenisation in non-pregnant women (acne alone is not a sufficient indication of androgenisation).”. I have, however, heard of at least two trans or intersex people who were advised that they would be placed on a sex offender registry if they were prescribed the drug under the PBS, which raises the question of what role physicians play in a potentially scaremongering style of gatekeeping.
OII (the International Intersex Organisation) recently posted this on their website:
That’s right; if you take the specific anti-androgen drug androcur, you are compulsorially added to the Australian Sex Offender Registry, specifically because of how it is listed on the PBS. This means that a whole range of people, intersex and trans, men and women, wind up listed as sex offenders because they need access to a particular hormone. Not only does this compromise the list of sex offenders, but as Zoe Brain discusses, alongside OII’s post above, this places a whole range of people, with various needs and backgrounds, in fairly precarious positions in relation to law enforcement, reinforcing a history of criminalising those who fall outside a very narrow conception of sexual difference.