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Question #23149 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a doctrinal question: In the document, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", we read that

"Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."

How does this apply to people that are born with ambiguous sex characteristics? Are they essentially male because they possess an X chromosome? If so, what about people like Jamie Lee Curis who spend their mortal lives as women, though born with characteristics of both genders?

- The Cat that Curiosity failed to kill

A: Dear Kitty,

To make a complicated answer much simpler: There has never been a person born with 100% of both male and female reproductive organs. Not even Jamie Lee Curtis, whose status as an intersexual is not documented fact. When a child is born with ambiguous sex characteristics, there are tests to see which gender their genetic code outlines. People born with traces of both gender's sex organs always have a dominant gender.

-la bamba