Perhaps you are a parent of an XXY child seeking answers to some puzzling questions, or maybe the child is having a difficult time with Testosterone, and you are trying to understand why. From the experiences of XXY’s who contribute here, we hope you will gain greater insight toward the impact Testosterone can have on an XXY body and, in the process, come to realise hormones are not the be-all and end-all. More positive outcomes are possible when the child is better informed of what the effect will be. Additionally, we hope your overall experience will be positive, and you will share this with others.
Perhaps you are an XXY adult who has been using Testosterone for many years, and you like the impact it had on your overall self. You might describe it as the missing piece of the jigsaw and wish you had been able to access Testosterone when you were much younger. Early access might have offset the identity and social isolation issues you had to the point of diagnosis and subsequent access to it.
Perhaps you are an XXY adult who found Testosterone unsettling that it turned your life upside down, and your doctor didn’t understand your rejection. Testosterone might have exposed you to Gender Dysphoria, and support networks you had in place to that point were useless in terms of understanding and support. Perhaps you could seek out newer networks, and things are better now, or maybe you didn’t, and life is not what you would like it to be.
Perhaps you are an XXY adult who had administered Testosterone and came to reject a male identity but does not see yourself as female either. Maybe Gender Queer or Non-Binary might be more appropriate, or perhaps you are still searching.
Or perhaps you are simply curious about XXY or might know of someone who is, and you would like to support that person better. Maybe you might believe yourself to be XXY.
Whatever the reason that brought you here, we hope the experience will be one of enlightenment, and that you realise the broad spectrum of life being XXY entails. How every person is worthy of their existence, and all that each of us can and should do is live that life to the best of our abilities wherever it should lead us.
From the age of eight, intersex male Paul Byrne-Moroney realised his body was different from that of his brothers and other boys his age. For years, a cruel nightmare cursed his sleep — an intruder would enter his bedroom, pull back the blankets, look at his body and laugh. Now 54, Paul tells Independent Australia of the distress he endured, living as a stranger to himself:
An introduction to Klinefelter’s Syndrome as told by the very talented Morgan Peppe that is totally unlike the usual virilisation/ testosterone video’s male-identified XXY’s feel compelled to share. Morgan’s approach offers humour where none previously existed. It also highlights the realities of subjecting oneself to the standard treatment of care and how it makes the individual present more male-like.
We would like to introduce you to Edward (Eddie) Fuchs, a friend of The Project for many years. Eddie is an ex-pat American who has been living in Israel for almost twenty years. During this time, he tells us he received his diagnosis of 47XXY. The diagnosis really took the wind out of his sails and caused him several years of self-doubt trying to figure out just who he was.
The XXY Project affirms our commitment to the Darlington Statement, developed by intersex organisations and advocates in 2017, which articulates the human rights demands of people with intersex variations in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand