She married a man without telling of her past, and then after divorce married another who knew of her past. This marriage also ended in divorce. She worked as a model and entertainer. In 1999 she paid Dr Ousterhout $30,000 for facial feminization.
In April 2000 while living in Aberdeen, South Dakota, after 17 years of living as Judy, she heard a radio interview with Richard Cohen, the unlicensed reparative therapist, that left her with the idea that she was not ‘born this way’ and could choose. She participated in Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), a ex-gay organization, and with them prayed to get past her homosexuality and her transsexuality. She also wrote for Jerry Leach’s Reality Resources and put up a web site helpmereversemysexchange.org which appealed for funds to detransition, and said some strong things which alienated other transsexuals.
Film maker Tom Murray saw the website and filmed Judy, and then Josef as he became after breast implant removal, chest re-construction, testosterone therapy and much pumping iron.
After Murray’s documentary, Josef was diagnosed as having chromosomal mosaicism, a mix of 46,XY (normal male) and 45,X (Turner’s Syndrome).
He moved to Los Angeles and started advertising himself on contact sites as Mangina Man (Mangina = Man + Vagina). He emphasized that he is a man with a vagina, and is seeking male sexual partners. In 2008 he was featured, along with Michael Berke, in an MSNBC documentary on the topic of changing back to male.
He no longer considers himself to be religious, and is no longer anti-transsexual. He has become a contact point for men who wish to remain socially masculine, but have a vagina, and he campaigns that this become an allowed option.
He is also doing a PhD in psychology.
- Tom Murray (dir). Almost Myself: Reflections on mending and transcending gender. With Josef Kirchner, Marci Bowers, Rosalyne Blumenstein, Kate Bornstein. US 82 mins 2007. www.almostmyself.com
- Born in the Wrong Body: A Change of Heart. With Joseph Kirchner, Michael Berke. MSNBC US 60 mins 2008. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26392358/26470734.
- Thomas Kraemer. thomaskraemer.blogspot.com/2008/08/ex-trans-male-to-female-to-male.html. thomaskraemer.blogspot.com/2008/10/male-to-female-to-male-josef-kirchner.html. thomaskraemer.blogspot.com/2008/09/mangina-man-mtftm.html.
- Zoe Brain. “Not Funny”. aebrain.blogspot.com/2006/05/not-funny.html.
- “Q & A on Born in the Wrong Body with Josef Kirchner” Newsvine.com. http://josefkirchner.newsvine.com/_news/2008/09/06/1835598-q-a-on-born-in-the-wrong-body-with-josef-kirchner.
- www.helpmereversemysexchange.org. No Longer Available.
- www.josefkirchner.com. Removed Spring 2010.
There is no term for men who wish to become men with vaginas. Nor for FTMs who wish to stay at that stage as opposed to those who stay as men with vaginas because of financial or health constraints. Buck Angel, of course, is making good money as 'a real man with a real pussy'.
For FTMs or for genetic males, this is a gender variation, and should be acknowledged.
Kirchner will have great difficulties with WPATH etc. for genetic males, especially as there cannot be a real-life test before surgery.