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Wednesday
Jan052011

'Sex Not Specified': Living as Both Male and Female

Photo Courtesy - Norrie/ABC News(SYDNEY) -- If you pass Norrie on the sidewalk, you won't be able to tell if she is a man or a woman.

The 49-year-old walks through her gritty Sydney, Australia neighborhood barefoot and wearing a dress.  She is flat-chested, has an Adam's Apple, medium-sized feet and sports a haircut that could be male or female -- short in the back and on the sides, with a mop of long hair on top.  She wears little or no make-up.

Norrie goes by only one name and is a self-described 'spansexual.'  She was the first person in the world ever to be issued identity papers that state: "Sex Not Specified."

"I see myself as male and female," she said.  Norrie is happy to be referred to as "he" or "she" in conversation.  But says she doesn't want her identity documents to be telling lies.

"In terms of M or F," Norrie said.  "I'm not specifically M or F.  You can't specify me as being male or you can't specify me as being female without committing a 'fudge' at the very least."

Two doctors examined Norrie and couldn't determine that she was one sex or the other, physically or psychologically.  So the State of New South Wales issued her a document that states: "Sex Not Specified."

Norrie was born, anatomically, as a normal boy in a small Scottish town.  Her family immigrated to Australia when she was seven, where she grew from an awkward adolescent into a glamorous gay man.

Norrie said that during the day, she was discriminated against at her job in a government office for her appearance and sexual orientation.  At night, Norrie socialized with transvestites and transsexuals where she felt accepted.

Eventually, she started dressing in drag and came to believe she was a woman trapped in a man's body.

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