“I was born intersex and named David Roy Fitch at birth,” 41-year-old Taylor Lianne Chandler (pictured) announced on her “official” Facebook page earlier this week. “But the time I could walk and talk I made it clear I was a girl and dressed as one. In my early teens I was medically diagnosed and went on testosterone blockers, at 15 estrogen enhancers. My birth certificate was modified along with my name while I was a teenager, prior to any corrective surgery.”
According to Chandler, she and Phelps initially connected on Tinder back in September. She says she did not tell him about having transitioned before they hooked up together.
“One thing led to the next,” she said, “and we made love during halftime. Later, we had sex again. The intimacy with him was amazing! It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.”
Since going public with her story, Chandler has made headlines around the world, and she hasn’t been humble about sharing the articles written about her. A quick scroll through her Facebook page displays an endless stream of tabloid stories and other write-ups about her alleged fling with Phelps.
Some of the stories, however, have not been so kind.
Chandler says she’s appalled by the way some media outlets are covering the story, particularly their incorrect use of male pronouns. Being referred to as a man, she claims, has caused her to vomit uncontrollably.
“In a world of educated people that had all the facts of intersex and what it means and then to sell a magazine say [sic] Michael Phelps is dating a MAN,” she said. “I have cried now for an hour, thrown up anything in my system till I dry heaved. I just can’t believe this is happening in 2014!”
She continued: “I am Taylor Lianne Chandler; I have always been a female regardless of labels and personal opinions. I am not transsexual and I have never identified with the moniker transgender, but intersex is certainly on the spectrum of gender along with them.”
Phelps has yet to respond to the rumors.