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Parents Fight Over Gender Identity of Intersex Child

| by Daniel Rivera
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Exes recently appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show" to fight over gender identity of their child who was born intersex and reportedly wants to be a boy.

Parents Michelle and Kyle, who are divorced, appeared on the show on Nov. 30 to discuss the gender identity of their 4-year-old child Aubrey, who was born with ambiguous genitalia, according to the show's website. The episode was entitled, "Mommy's Little Boy or Daddy's Little Girl: Identity Confusion or Brainwashing?"

The former couple agreed to raise their child as a girl when she was born, but according to Michelle, Aubrey has recently said that she identifies as a boy.

Michelle has since cut off Aubrey's hair and traded in her toys for those that are geared towards boys.

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"I just want Kyle to accept Aubrey for who he wants to be," Michelle said on the show.

Kyle, who has Aubrey on the weekends, became furious upon hearing what Michelle did without first consulting him.

"Michelle needs to take a look at that birth certificate and see that Aubrey is female," he said. "She shouldn't be trying to change that."

He then admitted that he does want a daughter, while Michelle said she is trying to honor Aubrey's wishes.

Since then, Aubrey has been living as a girl with her father and as a boy with her mother.

Kyle's current wife, Brittany, grew concerned for the child's well-being and was the one who contacted Dr. Phil in hopes of resolving the conflict.

Brittany said Aubrey has preferred to play with toys and dress in clothes normally associated with boys since she has known the child.

She added, however, that Aubrey sometimes likes clothing that is appropriate for young girls.

Chromosomes indicated Aubrey was 70 percent more male than female at the time of the child's birth, but it is unclear why the doctor suggested the couple have surgery to make Aubrey a girl.

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests surgery such as this on children should not be performed due to the potential for psychological damage. The study recommends waiting until the individual reaches adulthood and has a better understanding of which gender identity they associate themselves with.

Sources: Dr. PhilThe Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism / Photo Credit: Dr. Phil