LEXIE 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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