Groundbreaking “intersex” birth certificate issued in NYC

sara-kelly-keenanLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Historic? You betcha! For anti-trans simpletons, their oft-used counter-argument “you’re born either a male or female, God doesn’t make mistakes” against the existence of trans people has taken a major hit. To them, the troublesome existence of intersex people was easily ignored because they didn’t exist on any common official document declaring gender. Until recent years, even some in the medical field were dodging the matter.

But not anymore. To the dismay of detractors, the intersex complication has now made it’s way into one of the most common forms of identity — birth certificates. As more such birth certifications are issued, the further the normalization of intersex and trans people in our society is established.

Sara Kelly Keenan of Santa Cruz, California, received the corrected birth certificate from New York City — her birthplace of 55 years ago — last week. News reports say it was the first time this was done in the United States.

While Keenan is not sure if she underwent genital surgery as an infant as records were lost in a hospital fire, she says gender issues came up early in her life. Told she was supposedly a girl, she knew something was not right. Her adopted parents apparently was told by doctors she was intersex when Keenan was in her teens, but they never told her. The father, in fact, insisted she remained a female. It wasn’t an until an endocrinologist, most recently, disclosed to Keenan that she was intersex.

Keenan on her surgery as an infant: “They had a baby they needed to get a home for, and in their minds, they needed to possibly perform surgery to do that. And that was the mission — get an unwanted baby a home — and they did what they needed to do that.”

Keenan on changes in society: “Intersex people are treated differently and better now because of societal advancement in thinking. We’re trying to stop the surgical intervention on infants so that their genitals are not changed before they reach an age where they express a desire to have surgery or express a gender preference.”



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9 replies

  1. Progress is being made. It should be left up to the individual person, not a doctor, to determine if surgery is warranted.

    • If you don’t understand it then you obviously have little intelligence and less empathy. Life without a birth certificate that correctly reflects your gender identity is difficult and can be downright miserable. It’s an open invitation to discrimination. Personally, I think the gender marker in birth certificates should be eliminated. It never served any useful purpose.

  2. I’m not sure this is such a wonderful thing not does it seem like it’s necessarily a step forward. But I’m not intersex. I am deeply troubled that this practice could cause more problems. I thought the practice of correcting children surgically was no longer alive.

    Where I live you can have your birth certificate reflect your gender without the need for surgery which seems better.

    I do hope I am wrong but my feeling is that it will just serve to further ostracize an already misunderstood group of people,

  3. I happen to be intersex and I’m happy for being recognized as such. But I do understand why the public at large has misgivings over this. It is hard for people to separate us unto a gender apart from the standard bianary standard model we are compared too.
    A great example would be a women who has AIS androgen insensitivity syndrome. Externally she is 100% female and most of them live as such. But in reality these people have male DNA and are technically male and stand a good chance of being tossed in jail in North Carolina for entering the wrong bathroom.
    I was born appearing to be male, not a well developed male but male none the less. Yet many of my internal organs are both male and female. Yes my DNA is male yet I was born with somewhat ambiguous males parts. Doctors even considered sex change surgery as a young child for me because of this. Luckily after several surgeries it was decided to take a wait and see approach. All though I did retain enough females bits that I contracted ovarian cancer as an adult.
    In reality I am just me! Not male and not female, I’m just trying to make my way though life. I hope the cancer doesn’t return.

  4. Why would anyone actually want to have a correct birth certificate.

  5. Now if we can just explain this to the simpletons running the Kansas Bureau of Vital Statistics and the Kansas governor, and their legal counsel! I was born (unfortunately) in Kansas over 60 years ago, with both male and female parts. I am male. I have a prostate and other male parts. I pee standing up just like you would expect any male to do. But Kansas insists I am a female and thus-far refuses to change my birth certificate! They even called my Endocrinologist and asked, “Is he male or female?” You know, I am sure she has had more productive conversations with her dog than she had with those idiots down there. I have not lived in Kansas in over 50 years, and because of their ignorance, I can’t get an accurate birth certificate! God help me if I ever am on a flight that has to land on North Carolina dirt, and I have to pee.

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