First of its kind intersex birth certificate issued in the US

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A 55-year-old woman received a new birth certificate and it's making history as the first known intersex birth certificate.

Sara Kelly Keenan lives in New York City and was born with male genes, female privates and internal reproductive organs that are both male and female.

She was classified as male when she was born, but three weeks later her birth certificate was issued as female. She now identifies as a woman.

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Sara Kelly Keenan, pictured, became the first person to receive an intersex birth certificate in U.S. history in 2016.

(Photo: Facebook/Sara Kelly Keenan) 

Sara Kelly Keenan, pictured, became the first person to receive an intersex birth certificate in U.S. history in 2016.

(Photo: Facebook/Sara Kelly Keenan) 

Sara Kelly Keenan, pictured, became the first person to receive an intersex birth certificate in U.S. history in 2016.

(Photo: Facebook/Sara Kelly Keenan) 

Sara Kelly Keenan, pictured, became the first person to receive an intersex birth certificate in U.S. history in 2016.

(Photo: Facebook/Sara Kelly Keenan) 

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Keenan, an outspoken intersex advocate, told NBC Out, "not all intersex people will choose to identify legally as intersex and not all parents will choose to have their intersex child identified as intersex on birth documents. However, for those who do, the option must exist."

According to the nonprofit InterACT, "Intersex is an umbrella term describing people born with variations of internal and/or external sex anatomy resulting in bodies that cannot be classified as the typical male or female." The youth program estimates that about 1.5% of the population is intersex, "as common as natural born redheads."

The transgender movement has helped the intersex community gain traction after many states now allow changing one's gender.

For people who are intersex and don't or can't adhere to a binary, male-female system, this new option is a revelation of the future as state and national agencies try to catch up to accommodate third gender, non binary terms.

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