"Finally, I began to understand transsexuality, as it was expressed by socially privileged former men, in terms of being antithetical to my understanding of the underlying socio-political causes of intersex oppression and at odds with my goals as an intersex activist. Certainly there are many conceptual frameworks within which intersex can be understood but I found feminism to be useful because it addressed the core issues of what sexualities and what bodies are allowable by an androcentric technocracy and answered questions like why would doctors create non-functional female genitals in children, not bothering to determine the results of those interventions for decades. I also began to wonder why the natural biological variation of intersex, which did not actually result in socially expressed 'gender variance', was not allowed while the biological variation and socially obvious gender variance that resulted when adult men attempted to modify their bodies to become female was allowed."
"I began then in 1997 to understand transsexuality and its supporting model of 'gender identity' not as medical syndrome but as a social instrument which eradicated understanding in order to preserve social privilege".
"None of them had tried to write to me for several reasons, first was that they were not motivated to acquire any other legitimizing identity as were autogynephilic transsexuals because their social identities and personal identities were congruent. They simply seemed like normal feminine girls or women whose social ‘gender’ or what Suzanne Kessler calls ‘gender attribution’ was immediately obvious both in their appearance and behavior and required no theoretical explanation. They did not present themselves to me as intersex nor did they advocate for transsexuality to be classified as an ‘intersex condition’ because, in common with intersex children, they were a socially devalued population who were often medicalized harmfully as children."
Kiira died from cancer at age 61.
- Kiira Triea. “Power, Orgasm and the Psychohormonal Research Unit”. http://www.isna.org/books/chrysalis/triea_pru. Also in Alice Domurat Dreger (ed) Intersex in the Age of Ethics (pp. 141-144). Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group. 1999.
- John Colapinto. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl. Toronto & New York: HarperCollins, London: Quartet xvii, 279 pp 2001: 259.
- Kiira Triea. transkids.us.
- Andrea James. “Kiira Triea (Denise Tree) and the "transkids" hoax “. Transsexual Road Map. www.tsroadmap.com/info/transkids/kiira-triea.htm.
- Andrea James. “Legal troubles for Denise Tree (aka Kiira Triea) expose more lies”. Transsexual Road Map. www.tsroadmap.com/notes/index.php/site/comments/legal_troubles_for_denise_tree_aka_kiira_triea_expose_more_lies.
- Alice Dreger. “A note on Kiira Triea’s place in the history of intersex activism”. http://alicedreger.com/kiira_triea.html.
- Andrea James. “No matter how you slice it: Parsing Alice Dreger’s self-defense”. Transsexual Road Map. www.tsroadmap.com/notes/index.php/site/comments/no_matter_how_you_slice_it_parsing_alice_dregers_self_defense.
- Sophia Siedlberg. “Treestumps and Broomsticks”. OII. Feb 16,2008. www.intersexualite.org/Treestumps.html.
- Alice Dreger. "Losing Kiira". http://alicedreger.com/losing_kiira.html.
This is an overview of Kiira. See the Andrea James pages for the details of her alternate autobiographies.
Triea, Dreger, Kessler all moved from ISNA to the Bailey camp.
Born in 1951, Triea was 61 when she died. The only photographs available are from decades ago.