Mani Bruce Mitchell

 
 

Baby Bruce born 10 March 1953 to parents in rural New Zealand.

Exploratory surgery before the first birthday identified a uterus so reassigned to female and name changed to Margaret. Cause of intersex unknown.
At 8 years genital surgery followed by other feminising surgery to ears.

Trained as primary school teacher.  Travelled overseas. Successful career in civil defence, regional manager Wellington. Personal crisis at 40 years. In 1994 attended life-changing workshop with therapist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Changed name by deed poll to Sanskrit Mani and restored the original Bruce.

In 1996 first NZer to come out publicly as intersex person. In October 1996 attended Wellington Sexual Health Service for support. Completed training as a counsellor in 1999.