June 27, 2013
Woman Forced To Prove She's Not A Man, After Birth Certificate Says Otherwise

A Georgian mother has been forced to prove that she is not a woman after she noticed that an error on her birth certificate mistakenly identified her as a man.

Nakia Grimes was checking her birth certificate as she was going through the process of getting her driver's licence renewed, when she noticed that the document had an X next to the male box that asked what gender she was.

Ms Grimes told Fox Atlanta, "You only look at the name, the date, and the year, and the month. You just really never look at the additional signatures and I'd never seen that. When I went to retrieve my birth certificate, I let them know that the gender portion was wrong. I'm a woman, I was born a woman."

However, Ms Grimes' ordeal had only just begun, because she was then told that in order to have it changed she need to have a pap smear to prove her gender.

As you would expect, Ms Grimes was furious at the request and the 36-year-old, whose birthday is next week, balked at the idea that she needed to see a doctor to determine that she is a woman.

Grimes said, "She said I needed to go have a PAP exam, have a doctor write a note verifying you're a woman, and bring it back, notarized."

However, after the incident was then reported to Vital Records Services, the director stated that there was no need for the smear, and it was even stated that this order was not part of standard protocol.

Instead they simply found out that Ms Grimes was a woman due to the fact that she had given birth to her son, Zion, and on his birth certificate she is listed as the birth mother.

Medical Daily reports that eventually, "state record officials looked up the birth certificate of Grimes' son in order to verify that she had in fact given birth."

[Image via Atlanta Fox]