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Intersex Voices: Adele Markham (XXY, Klinefelter)


'I always felt like a girl,' said Adele. 'But my parents didn't want to hear it. They had no reason to think I wasn't a boy. My dad was quite old fashioned and he expected me to act like a rowdy boy and play football. But I'd rather play with dolls like my sisters.

By the time Adele reached 14 she had still not been through male puberty and her worried parents took her to see a specialist to ask how they could make her more masculine.

Read more: The little boy with rare genetic disorder who fought for 20 years to be a woman (Daily Mail, January 2011)

Adele has XXY chromosomes and was assigned male gender at birth. In this video (80% girl, 20% boy), she pursues gender transition to female.


On the Move

Our executive director, Rev Louis Mitchell, reflects on World AIDS Day: Memories, Joy, and Pain.

Transfaith board member, Yadi Martinez, was interviewed on Wednesday about how gendered expectations impact young people

We celebrate the ordination of Transfaith's executive director, Louis James Irving Mitchell, at South Congregational Church in Springfield, MA on September 23, 2018

In the News

Upasika tree (aka Cleis Abeni) explains Dharma Day while remembering the blessed life of a young Buddhist named Alphy who was killed in 1999.

Mariette Pathy Allen's 2017 photobook highlights the lived experiences of T/GNC spirit mediums in Thailand and Burma

"It really felt like [the Episcopal Church] had our back!" TransEpiscopal marks a historic year at the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.