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06.25.13

Woman Asked to ‘Prove’ Gender

There had been a misprint on her birth certificate.

A Georgia woman was asked to prove she is indeed a woman after a birth certificate incorrectly indicated she is male. Nakia Grimes, a mother, said she would have to get a PAP exam and get a doctor to write a note verifying she is a woman. She said she waited to change the misprint because she rarely needed it until she recently tried to renew her Georgia driver’s license. She escaped taking this awkward encounter further, however, when the Vital Records Service instead looked up the birth certificate of Grimes’s son, and made the change on the woman’s birth certificate.