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The ambiguity - and sometimes shame - of being born not clearly male or female

Sally Mauk

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.

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the Legislature to forest fires.
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