Friday, April 17, 2009

Intersexed: Atlanta Police Officer Darlene Harris


In front of approximately 20 people at the Midtown nightclub Halo Thursday night, the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT liaison, Officer Darlene Harris, shared for the very first time in a public forum the journey to discovering being intersex.

“What actually happened is the young lady I’m seeing said, ‘You know, it’s not normal for you to not have a regular cycle,’” said Harris, 35, who formerly identified as a lesbian but now identifies as intersex.

But Harris had never had a menstrual consistent period and didn’t think there was anything wrong. Besides, Harris said, “You know a woman who wants to have it every month?” bringing several chuckles from the queer men and women listening.

Harris’ girlfriend, without telling Harris, made an appointment with a gynecologist early this year. Harris dutifully kept the appointment and when the gynecologist learned Harris had never had a regular menstrual cycle, she decided to run several tests to determine, among other things, Harris’ levels of estrogen and testosterone.

When Harris returned to the doctor’s office to find out the lab results, the doctor expressed concern because most of the test results came back abnormal.

“The doctor pulled everything up on the computer, and I see lots of red lettering. I didn’t know what it meant, but she said that each of these tests came back in red and for her that’s a problem,” Harris said.

The tests revealed Harris’ testosterone levels were much higher than the range for the average male. At first, the doctor worried Harris may have tumors. She began months of medical testing with an endocrinologist that eventually concluded with a chromosome test. That test revealed Harris had the XY chromosome — the male chromosome.

Harris does have ovaries and plans to have a hysterectomy — what she termed a “full cleansing” — to stave off potential future health concerns, rather than take hormones.

Being intersex, Harris explained, is when “your body is in direct contradiction to what your insides say. You may have a female body, but inside you are male, or you may have a male body, but inside you are female.”

12 comments:

  1. Hey there is something that is totally amist about this story. Excuse me but I fell to believe that out of the 35 yrs of her existance on this planet, that the only problem she ever had was menstrual! Having more male testosteron than a regular man should have given her a wide range of male characteristics, not just the attraction to females either. She looks just like the young blood that played on "THAT'S SO RAVEN".

    I've been looking on the internet for info about children born through incest. I wanted them to shed some light on the matter. However I did not find one article that linked incest to Hemaphroditeism. I would like to know if there are any books that I can purchase that will expound on the subject? PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!

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  2. Start with reading all cases associated with INCEST. Read about the children and their defects! Read about their medical condition and how it was treated for them to appear normal, under a specified gender!


    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hermaphrodite

    Noun 1. hermaphrodite - one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made

    androgyne, epicene, epicene person, gynandromorph, intersex
    bisexual, bisexual person - a person who is sexually attracted to both sexes

    Adj. 1. hermaphrodite - of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs
    hermaphroditic
    biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
    androgynous - having both male and female characteristics

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  3. hermaphroditic, hermaphrodite

    INDIRECT (VIA female, androgynous) -> male
    INDIRECT (VIA androgynous, male) -> female

    http://www.synonym.com/antonym/hermaphroditic/

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  4. 1 sense for hermaphrodite as a Noun:

    Synonyms:
    Hermaphrodite
    Intersex
    Gynandromorph
    Androgyne
    Epicene
    Epicene person
    Definitions:
    one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs
    at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made

    http://www.dictometer.com/hermaphrodite

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  5. This person wasn't honest! They knew that they were born as a intersex! Why is she acting clueless at the age of 35? She's standing there in a police uniform. She knew she would fly through training because she had more male testosterones than a man born 100% male (before being tested).

    A person who is clueless wouldn't make a statement like this, "“your body is in direct contradiction to what your insides say. You may have a female body, but inside you are male, or you may have a male body, but inside you are female.”

    They don't want to admit it because they are protecting their family members. So you know this is probably still taking place within her family. Will someone please investigate the police officer for incest!

    Learned Behavior?
    Mastering the act of deception?
    She's on the force now!

    PAY ATTENTION!

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  6. Book:

    Allen's synonyms and antonyms By Frederic Sturges Allen

    Link:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=9AoUAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA220&lpg=PA220&dq=hermaphrodite+antonyms&source=bl&ots=zf_H9H2yQO&sig=osd5qxX1ye9SXpHTIUkjl9bJDrg&hl=en&ei=zp3oSYFfg-adB4aToY0H&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8

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  7. I HAVE HEARD OF THIS FROM LIKE THIRTY YEARS AGO. MY FATHER WAS A MEDICAL STUDENT AND HAD LOTS OF MEDICAL JOURNALS WITH THIS SUBJECT IN THEM

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  8. Maybe she had surgery at infancy. Her mother never told her the truth. In New York a birth certificate is not issued right away because the parents are deciding on surgery. She probably was born with both functional sex organs. There is no scientific proof that being born an inter sexual is from incest.

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  9. There's scientific proof that children birthed through incest are born as intersexuals (hermaphrodites)! Did you read the story and the brother and sister in the UK? The judge has a order on them, if they have children, they will go to jail. There's scienfic proof, those pictures that was taken of morgan was produced in many medical journals.

    This subject is so taboo and you should read the "Hermaphrodites with an Attitude" newsletter.

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