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While we’ve seen much progress in 2015 about what gender means, what ‘trans’ means and how to refer to people who are trans, much more work needs to be done.
As well as this, not much has been revealed about intersex people, who form part of the ever-elongating LGBTQIA acronym for sexual minorities.
was so dreadful that there is ‘Nothing at all lady like about lady C’.
Little did Cheryl – who’d probably have had her own litigation team out in a flash if someone said anything similar about her – know that Lady C has had a long history of not being ‘lady like’.
The documentary makers meet Johnny, who appeared female at birth and was known as Felicitia.
As a child, he did not have a penis and was brought up as a girl.
Intersex people have genitals that are ambiguous and could either look male or female. While the term ‘intersex’ applies to people with hermaphrodism, it also applies to people born with malformed genitals or atypical chromosomes. One in 2,000 babies are born with genitals that do not fit neatly into ‘male’ or ‘female’ categories. As well as being operated in childhood at the insistence of parents who want a child who’s either male or female and medical health professionals who won’t want to wait it out, intersex people face being given the wrong sex to grow up in.
The UN Special Rapporteur has said non-consensual surgery can cause ‘permanent, irreversible infertility and severe mental suffering’, reported .
It was only when she left school and went to New York, aged 21, to live as a woman that her mother conceded and let her get the surgery necessary to help her feel properly like a woman.
It’s in New York that she met Lord Colin Campbell, a drug addict and alcoholic.
Within a week they were engaged and then married soon after.
It is estimated that one in 90 children born in Salinas in the Dominican Republic make the transition by the time they reach 12.
It is so prevalent there that it is no longer considered abnormal and the children are simply referred to as the ‘guevedoces’ – which literally translates as ‘penis at 12’ The children, known as pseudohermaphrodite, are explored in BBC2 series Countdown to Life - the Extraordinary Making of You.