First US person to have ‘intersex’ on birth certificate: ‘There’s power in knowing who you are’

Growing up, Keenan recalled, her physicians and parents insisted she was “100% girl”, even after she failed to hit puberty and grew much taller than average girls. At age 16, she was advised to start hormone replacement therapy and undergo surgery to remove what doctors told her were ovaries that could become cancerous.

Later in life, she found out that doctors had actually removed what was essentially testicular tissue that could never develop. After her 2009 discovery, Keenan’s father revealed that doctors had told him Keenan had the option of “masculinizing” with hormones and a constructed penis.

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