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NYC Man Wins Five-Year Battle To Change Sex On His Birth Cerificate

When we read David Hassan had finally gotten Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan to change his birth certificate from male to female female to male, we assumed he was a trans man who had scored a personal victory.

But as it turns out he was just correcting a typo from almost 30 years ago.

Hassan, who was born male, was accidentally listed as female on the birth certificate issued by Lenox Hill in 1983. Apparently nobody noticed (or cared) until Hassan tried to get a driver’s license in New Jersey in 2007. Even after presenting a letter from the hospital indicating Hassan was indeed in possession of an XY chromosome, he was flagged by the DMV and denied a license. They insisted he get a letter from the hospital admitting they made a mistake.

Have you ever gotten a medical professional to admit they made a mistake?

Finally, Hassan had to resort to requesting a court order to force Lenox Hill to do a mea culpa. With the hospital fearing bad press, it suddenly started taking Hassan’s calls and a spokesperson said they were in touch with the city and Hassan’s lawyer to resolve the matter.

That all sounds fine, except for a comment from Hassan’s lawyer, Peter Madison, expressing his disbelief that the bearded Iraq War veteran had to go through so many hoops: “Have you seen him?” said Madison, “He’s not the bearded lady from the circus.”

Right, because the only person trying to change the gender on their birth certificate besides someone in Mr. Hassan’s predicament would be a circus freak? Nice way to crap all over trans men and women who deal with an inordinate amount of bullshit trying to clarify their paperwork.

The government may have proof your client has a penis, Mr. Madison, but we just got verification you’re a total dick.

Photo: Stew Chambers

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Feb 10, 2012
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  • 9 Comments
    • Bob
      Bob

      Does anyone at Queerty proof-read?

      “When we read David Hassan had finally gotten Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan to change his birth certificate from male to female, we assumed he was a trans man who had scored a personal victory.

      Didn’t you mean for it to read from ‘female’ to ‘male’ or am I missing somethng here?

      Feb 10, 2012 at 7:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Olive Austin
      Olive Austin

      Not every heterosexual goes around 24/7 worrying about how something might sound to transexuals. The lawyer was working on his client’s case — nothing more. Get over it.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      “”That all sounds fine, except for a comment from Hassan’s lawyer, Peter Madison, expressing his disbelief that the bearded Iraq War veteran had to go through so many hoops. “Have you seen him?” said Madison, “He’s not the bearded lady from the circus.” Right, because the only person trying to change the gender on their birth certificate besides someone in Mr. Hassan’s predicament would be a circus freak? Nice way to crap all over trans men and women who deal with an inordinate amount of bullshit trying to clarify their paperwork.””
      _________________

      This sounds like an attempt to manufacture outrage from Queerty. The lawyer was stating that jumping through hoops was ridiculous because there was no reason for the hospital to stonewall them, no excuse, because there was nothing confusing about his clients case. If his client had breasts and a beard, that could explain some confusion.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 8:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaime Dunaway
      Jaime Dunaway

      Wait, when did Queerty start giving a crap about trans people? Or is this just another way to get more negative comments going?

      And really, the comment wasn’t a big deal and kind of understandable under the circumstances.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JayKay
      JayKay

      Oh piss off with the PC nonsense Queerty.

      Feb 10, 2012 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • me
      me

      Fucking trannies ruin everything!

      Feb 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      It is just as tough for those of us who no longer identify with our birth race. Why can’t birth certificates be on line and give each person a password so they can edit them at will?

      Feb 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweetbrandigirl2004
      Sweetbrandigirl2004

      What a surprise another Trannie pissed off about something else. They get pissed off every time the wind blows Geezzzz

      Feb 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • V
      V

      And right behind the Trans people who, let’s face it, get treated like absolute gold in our society, are the transonic bigots, whose lives are so devoid of purpose, they need to attack one of the most persecuted, disenfranchised, marginalized minorities on earth. Yes, I can certainly see why you kind folks need to disparage people you’ve never even meet with rude, obnoxious slang, but then what else can you expect from trailer park middle America. Sleep well tonight you repulsive little slugs.

      Feb 16, 2012 at 5:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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