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Gender test man in suicide.

Byline: ANTHONY HARWOOD US Editor

A MAN born a boy but raised a girl in an infamous gender experiment has killed himself aged 38.

David Reimer - haunted by trauma from the nature versus nurture study - died of a suspected overdose, mum Janet said.

She added yesterday: "I think he felt he had no options. It just kept building up and building up."

After a botched circumcision, a doctor persuaded Janet and husband Ron to raise David as a girl. He was given female hormones in an experiment known as the John/Joan case.

It aimed to show children are not naturally feminine or masculine, but are socialised to become boys or girls.

But other children were cruel to the 'girl' - then known as Brenda.

When he found out about his past David, of Winnipeg, Canada, rebelled, assumed his male identity and married.

Separating from his wife and the death of twin Brian two years ago, had left him depressed.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 11, 2004
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