Your Montana Public Radio
Thu August 1, 2013
The ambiguity - and sometimes shame - of being born not clearly male or female
One in 2000 kids are born with genital or reproductive anatomy or chromosomal patterns that are not clearly male or female.
This genetic intersex trait often sends parents into a panic, and surgeons to reach for a scalpel to quote, "fix" the problem. But that approach can lead to lifelong physical and emotional problems for the child. A Missoula couple, well-known singer Eden Atwood and her partner Jim Ambrose, have co-founded an organization known as "The Interface Project" to educate people about those born with the intersex trait, and to remove the shame that often is associated with it.
In this feature interview, Ambrose and Atwood talk with News Director Sally Mauk about their personal experiences as people born with the trait - and about their project.