'The protocol of the day was to lie': NYC issues first US 'intersex' birth certificate

Story highlights

  • A city agency corrected a birth certificate for Sara Kelly Keenan, 55
  • She was born intersex and says "gender issues came up almost immediately"

(CNN)For the first time in the United States, New York City issued a birth certificate reading "intersex" in the gender field.

On December 15, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene corrected the original birth certificate of Sara Kelly Keenan, born in Brooklyn 55 years ago. She received it in the mail at her Santa Cruz, California, home on Tuesday.
    "It was wonderful. It was the first time I saw 'intersex' in print related to my name," said Keenan, an addiction life coach. "Whe