Thank you to Alex David and reporter Caroline Overington for this article in The Australian on 8 December 2016. It follows an earlier report by Caroline on the profoundly disturbing Family Court case Re Carla (Medical procedure).
Alex’s parents arranged for surgery and raised their baby as a daughter called Catherine because, says Alex, “it was medically easier. I had gonads removed when I was an infant and when I was seven they took me for cosmetic surgery on my genitals. It hurt me, physically and psychologically.” […]
At age 17, she was told the truth “and I grieved for six months, because I thought, I’ve been living a lie. So then I became Mark, and tried to live as a man. But now I’m Alex. I chose the name specifically because it’s genderneutral. I’m not male. I’m not female. I’m me.” […]
Alex, from Brisbane, said: “The surgery on me wasn’t necessary and now it’s irreversible. I will be on hormone replacement the rest of my life. I wish they hadn’t done it … It was OK just to be me.”
Overington C. Carla’s case ignites firestorm among intersex community on need for surgery. The Australian. 8 Dec 2016.
Overington C. Family Court backs parents on removal of gonads from intersex child. The Australian. 7 Dec 2016.