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Why Won’t Michigan Let Jordan Swan Marry His Girlfriend? Because His Birth Certificate Says He’s A She

Transgender Man Denied A Marriage License in Oakland County:

“I think it’s complete bullshit,” says 25-year-old trans man Jordan Swan. “I’m getting every right that I have taken away from me as a legal human begin.” While Michigan may not recognize same-sex marriage, it most certainly recognizes opposite-sex unions, and that’s exactly what Jordan has with his fiance Christie. Except Swan, who’s undergone a hysterectomy and hormone therapy in his transition, still holds a birth certificate that says he’s a woman. And so an Oakland County court there has denied him a marriage license — after issuing him one in person — because Jordan is without a penis. Jordan plans to update his birth certificate, and make this whole ordeal go away. So: An early congratulations on your marriage! (Now let’s give it up for Detroit’s Fox affiliate, which “went to work” to find out what the term “gender reassignment” means. Great job, journalists!)

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  • scott ny'er

    good luck to him and his fiance.

    and, I would never think he was a female, those hormones and surgery worked for him.

  • Thom Freeheart

    I wish he had a penis.

  • scribe

    is it wrong that I think Jordan is hot, and wouldn’t mind bending him over???

  • jackieohboy

    This is in response to: “Neil Patrick Harris + David Burtka On How To Appropriately Exploiting Your Newborns

    Read more:

    Why the fuck does this site randomly link to some other blog (pinkisthenewblog) without labeling it as a link away from

    Also why the fuck are they making such a bitchy headline about the fact that a celebrity gave an interview about the birth of their childen. That is hardly exploiting the children.

  • j

    Yeah, I agree he is hot.

  • Kite


    Nope it’s definitely not wrong, because I think so too….

  • Rick

    I agree with the judge. You can chop things off and take pills, but that doesn’t change the facts: this is a woman (with psychological problems) who has done a very convincing job of appearing male. I could put on make-up, high heels, a dress and call myself Loretta, but I still wouldn’t be a woman.

  • lizcivious

    Gosh, even I could be fooled by this one. He is cute and doesn’t have any femme traits. I would miss the fun trinkets to play with, though. I have no idea what surgeons can construct from female parts and how they compare to the real things a man has. The best F to M transitions seem to be the ones where the woman was originally very boyish and flat-chested to begin with. There’s a German runner who’s very hot and he looked very much like a boy in his former life. Anyway, I hope Jorden eventually gets to marry.

  • missanthrope

    Rick, do us all a favor and send a .45 slug through your bigoted brain. And LIZCIVIOUS, you’re not “fooled” because there’s no “fooling” to be done. He’s a man.

  • Jeffree

    Well said, as always! Where have you been, lol?

    Please don’t surmise that Jordan is trying to “fool” anyone–he’s just being himself.

    I hope Jordan & Christie get to marry soon.

  • ewe

    @Rick: you are right you would not be a woman because that is not how you identify. You would be a cross dresser cause i can sense you are a straight arrogant pig. You don’t get to dictate how others feel and you obviously have no understanding or knowledge about transgendered issues so shut the fuck up.

  • Zoe Brain

    Rick – you wouldn’t be a woman. You’d be a gay drag queen.

    Maybe these might explain:

    Male-to-female transsexuals show sex-atypical hypothalamus activation when smelling odorous steroids. by Berglund et al Cerebral Cortex 2008 18(8):1900-1908;

    …the data implicate that transsexuality may be associated with sex-atypical physiological responses in specific hypothalamic circuits, possibly as a consequence of a variant neuronal differentiation.

    Male–to–female transsexuals have female neuron numbers in a limbic nucleus. Kruiver et al J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2000) 85:2034–2041

    The present findings of somatostatin neuronal sex differences in the BSTc and its sex reversal in the transsexual brain clearly support the paradigm that in transsexuals sexual differentiation of the brain and genitals may go into opposite directions and point to a neurobiological basis of gender identity disorder.

    Sexual differentiation of the human brain: relevance for gender identity, transsexualism and sexual orientation. Swaab Gynecol Endocrinol (2004) 19:301–312.

    Solid evidence for the importance of postnatal social factors is lacking. In the human brain, structural diferences have been described that seem to be related to gender identity and sexual orientation.

    A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality. by Zhou et al Nature (1995) 378:68–70.

    Our study is the first to show a female brain structure in genetically male transsexuals and supports the hypothesis that gender identity develops as a result of an interaction between the developing brain and sex hormones

    A sex difference in the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus: relationship to gender identity. by Garcia-Falgueras et al Brain. 2008 Dec;131(Pt 12):3132-46.

    We propose that the sex reversal of the INAH3 in transsexual people is at least partly a marker of an early atypical sexual differentiation of the brain and that the changes in INAH3 and the BSTc may belong to a complex network that may structurally and functionally be related to gender identity.

    White matter microstructure in female to male transsexuals before cross-sex hormonal treatment. A diffusion tensor imaging study. – Rametti et al, J Psychiatr Res. 2010 Jun 8.

    CONCLUSIONS: Our results show that the white matter microstructure pattern in untreated FtM transsexuals is closer to the pattern of subjects who share their gender identity (males) than those who share their biological sex (females). Our results provide evidence for an inherent difference in the brain structure of FtM transsexuals.

    Regional cerebral blood flow changes in female to male gender identity disorder. – Tanaka et al, Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2010 Apr 1;64(2):157-61.

    RESULTS: GID subjects had a significant decrease in rCBF in the left anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and a significant increase in the right insula compared to control subjects.
    CONCLUSIONS: The ACC and insula are regions that have been noted as being related to human sexual behavior and consciousness. From these findings, useful insights into the biological basis of GID were suggested.

    TLDR version: you have a male brain. So does he. You’re gay. He’s straight.

  • Mike L

    @lizcivious: You’re refering to Balian Buschbaum, and yeah OMG I would not mind the missing pieces he’s totally hot!

    This guy, Jordan is very cute too :)

    Rick you’re an ass.

  • Katie R

    Is there anyways I could get in contact with Jordan Swan? I Need some support in my life right now and i really wish i could talk with him or Christie

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