Intersex n : one having both male and female sexual characteristics and organs; at birth an unambiguous assignment of male or female cannot be made How's it going my homosexual friends? Let me start out by saying that I am not gay, but I believe adamately in the right of gay people to marry. In fact, I've been so active in my support of gay marriage/rights that it has caused several people to seriously question my sexuality. I guess that's to be expected though. Anyway, I recently came across a book called "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides... a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about an intersex child who is raised as a girl, but whom discovers that she would feel more comfortable as a boy. She then decides to have sex reassignment surgery. And who can question her/him from any moral standpoint? She/he was born with an ambiguous gender, and her/his gender was determined rather arbitarily. This made me wonder about where intersex people fall into the gay marriage debate. I'm sure that this isn't a new argument, but I have never encountered it in the mass media. This surprised me, because it seems like a valid issue... so I think that it deserves mention (even if you have heard it before). It is estimated that roughly 1/1000 newborn babies undergo surgery to "normalize" their genitalia, due to an intersex condition. An even higher number of newborns have some intersex condition which is not "treated" with surgery. For instance, there are many people with XY chromosomes who look and function like females, even though they are GENETICALLY male... with the caveat that their male hormone receptors do not work. There are also exotic combinations of chromosomes (XXY, XXXY, etc) which contribute to intersex conditions, as well as intersex conditions which are not related to chromosomes at all. Many babies are born with genitalia so ambiguous that doctors have no idea how to proceed. Other intersex individuals live their entire lives without any "treatment" and are oblivious to the fact that they are not male nor female in the strictest sense. Yet these intersex babies grow up... fall in love... and some get married. Doesn't this mean that "straight" XY females are "gay" from a genetic standpoint? Or that "gay" XY females are actually "straight" from a genetic standpoint? Doesn't this mean that many other intersexed people are gay - and not by choice? (I personally believe that "choice" is irrelevant to the gay rights issue, but that's another post). Doesn't this mean that gay people have been getting married under our noses for as long as the institution of marriage has existed? Whether we (or they) realized it or not? Clearly, gender is a spectrum - a rainbow if you will ; in reality, it's not as black and white as "male/female." Therefore, neither is sexuality. Thoughts? I hope I'm not beating a dead horse here.