( 4UMF NEWS ) Father Of Six Is Really A Woman:
Now, Stevie Crecelius — formerly Steve — is sharing her story. Steve was happily married to his wife and working as a photographer in Denver, Colo., when he learned he was intersex, born with both male and female anatomy.
Stevie was shocked, but not incredibly surprised.
“It validated everything I had always felt inside,” she said.
In retrospect, the diagnosis makes sense, she explains.
“I remember wearing my mom’s clothes and makeup, very secretly, not telling anybody,” Stevie told the station. “When I was 17, I was working my first part-time job at a TV station as a floor cameraman and the person in charge said to me, ‘You know, you walk like a queer.’ And I thought I was hiding who I was, and I wasn’t.”
So Steve decided to begin living as Stevie — as a woman. Part of the process was explaining the decision to her children.
“How do you tell your kids that, well, it’s no longer dad, it’s dadette?” she said.
But all of them, and Stevie’s wife, were supportive.
“Within a few minutes, all of them said, ‘I don’t care dad; I love you for who you are.”
Five years later, Stevie lives happily as a woman. She takes hormones but has no plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
And she’s still married.
“I didn’t sign on for this, but who signs on for anything?” Debbie Crecelius, Stevie’s wife, told KDVR. “She’s the same person she was as a he on the inside.”