GEORGIA: When a Georgia woman noticed her birth certificate identified her as a man, she was in for a humiliating fight. Nakia Grimes first discovered the error when she obtained a copy of her birth certificate as she was going through the process of renewing her driver’s license. She exclaimed she was a woman, was born a woman and had been a woman for the full 37 years of her life. She demanded it be changed. Not so fast, said a state worker. Where’s your proof, they asked. The female appearance of Ms. Grimes wasn’t going to cut it. The state worker required far more: a doctor’s examination and a pap smear test. Say what? A horrified Grimes sought relief from the outrageous request and went further up the food chain before reaching the director of the Vital Records Services who had a more reasonable solution for resolving the issue.
Instead of a doctor’s examination and pap smear test, a simple cross-check of Ms. Grimes’ gender with her son’s birth certificate, where she is listed as the birth mother, finally put an end to the chaos.
As for the offensive state worker – shame on you!
I did, and I am most pleased with that coming of age decision. Being from a family of doctors, I knew I didn’t want to do that, so I thought law school was the next best thing. I didn’t discover the art of critical thinking until I got there. I’ve come to realize that a cup of common sense and a dash of critical thinking makes for a well rounded person in life.
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