I just watched this video: youtube.com/watch?v=I9a1rXOpIuc
All these cases are interesting to me, but particularly Katie, the first person in this show who has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. She has an XY chromosome and had testes within the body that never descended. Because her body was insensitive to the male hormones produced by her testes she looked like a girl and was raised as a girl. She also developed a female identity as do most people with this condition. (Interestingly, there is a very similar condition in which a person with an XY chromosome who appears female develops a male gender identity instead: 5a-Reductase deficiency). She has no uterus. At age 18 her internal testes were removed. She was treated with hormone therapy to undergo a female puberty. She has had three boyfriends.
I am not sure the church has a clear position on how intersexed people are to deal with their bodies. Tia Michelle Pesando is an intersexed preson who lived as a male, transitioned to a female expression, and she is now preparing to enter the cloister, a Carmelite Convent. Her condition or previous life as a male has not barred her entry. (The article I linked to refers to this woman as transgendered, but note that this is not exactly correct though there are similarities.)
Back to Katie with androgen insensitivity syndrome. She clearly has a female identity as do most people born with this condition and her body has the form of a vagina even though she has no uterus and originally had testes internally. Nevertheless her body was still ambiguous. One might argue that she does not have a “real” vagina. Does this mean that she cannot marry? That it is sinful or even homosexual that she dates men as most people with this condition do?
On the other hand, if she cannot marry or have sexual relations with me because of her genes, is it licit for her to marry and have relations with a woman even though outwardly her genitals have always resembled a vagina?
Or can she not marry at all? She is obligated to remain celibate for her entire life as the church seems to have declared for gay people? Is this person a male or female?
If she was baptized female, would the church not ever let her change the certificate to male? I suppose she cannot be ordained?
I know this is a complicated issue and I’ve asked a lot of questions, but I’d like to get perspectives on this as I am having trouble integrating some of these things I have learned in my education and on my own with a simple binary view of gender identity and probably simply won’t be able to. I ask that people please not troll or say hateful things about people with intersexed conditions or the transgendered or gay/lesbian/bisexual community. It may be that there is simply no clear teaching on someone with an intersexed condition like this.