Thats the opinion of gay author Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Lavender Locker Room (Wildcat Press), which details the lives of gay, lesbian and trans-gendered athletes.
That includes Joan of Arc, who was a champion jouster at a time when it was the most popular sport.
Warren says Joan was very masculine-looking and never menstruated and, as a result, she thinks the French heroine was born with a gene mutation called Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (CAIS).
The syndrome causes babies with male chromosomes to develop as girls because their bodies cant respond to androgens.
Warren says that explains why the French heroine always felt more comfortable in male clothes. In addition, the persons with the mutation excel in athletics, which explains her jousting success.
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