Thursday, June 02, 2005

Transgender Police Officer Having No Luck in Oklahoma Courts

A state court is turning down a request by an Oklahoma City police officer to have the gender on her Ohio birth certificate changed from male to female.
Paula Schonauer was born a male in Ohio. She had sex-changing surgery in 2002 in Oklahoma and her U. S. passport and Oklahoma driver's license shows her as female.
She asked the state Court of Civil Appeals to change her birth certificate, but the court says it has no authority to change an Ohio birth certificate.
Last year, Schonauer also filed a claim against the City of Oklahoma City for sexual harrassment and a separate claim against the OKC Police Department for Wrongful Termination. Both claims were dismiss for failure to issue summons within 90 days of filing the petition as required by Rule 9.a of the Rules for District Courts.

15 Comments:

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2003 after my boyfriends brother in law had committed murder. The police were called to the house I was at the brother in law had come there looking for my boyfriend. I was very openly speaking with police about the confession the brother in law had made to me at the time I was 7 months pregnant and I needed to use the restroom. I was acompanied by this officer at the time I did not know about the sex change operation. This was very soon after she had gone back on street patrol from a desk job. I was furious when her 2 pages coming out was published in the local Newpaper. I contacted Civil rights attorneys all of whom said in Oklahoma the officer is considered a woman by OKlahoma state law. While Oklahoma does not allow same sex marriage here is the loophole this officer would be able to marry a male or a female. I honestly feel that I should have been given the right to decide for myself if I wanted a post operative female ? to acompany me to the restroom. By the way my boyfriends siter was also detained and searched by this officer.

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Alexi Random said...

you're so right- I should have the right to decide whether another woman, genetically female or otherwise has the right to accompany me to the restroom- shouldn't i have the right to exclusive use of the restroom- I mean, with so many lesbians and transsexuals running around- i don't want anyone peeking over the stall to see what i have under my skirt-

now I know that sound totally ridiculous, and thats the point.My advice to you is just get over it- so long as your privacy is respected in the restroom- who cares what bits she has. you aren't looking in her stall (i hope) and she sure as hell isn't looking in yours. Do we need a separate restroom for transsexuals? Then another for gays? Just get over it- respect her rights as a woman, and she'll respect yours.

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous: You are a truly ignorant and prejudiced bovine. If this was simply a matter of a transvestite officer (if such would be permitted) you might have an issue. However, a transsexual is a person whom a competent panel of medical and psychological examiners has determined was born with the primary sexual characteristics of the opposite sex. ie: he should have been a she. There is a significant amount of scientific evidence to support that this is an actual physiological condition and not a "perversion". You may want to spend a bit of time doing some research. In all actuality, you are probably safer with a transsexual, because you can be sure "she" most likely has no "lesbian" or "male" thoughts about your undoubtedly undesirable person.

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it's so open-minded that you assume that because she is ignorant she is "undoubtedly undesirable."

I know when I don't like the way people think that I usually attack them personally. That's what most adults do.

I guess this is where I should say something about how you're "ugly" or "undersirable." Ha!

 
At 7:54 AM, OpenID Cassidy said...

why would you individuals say that about that poor women so what if she's a transsexual this is 2009 not 1959 laws have changed and people have moved on i can't believe the ignorance thats going on i my self is from New York City but i will be moving to oklahoma to live with my fiance i know for sure not everyone in oklahoma is ignorant or hard headed uneducated individuals

 
At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Becca said...

I am also transgendered, fact is I am and always have been female with a physical birth defect that made me appear to be male. You do not have a right to decide, the law does. You should be more upset that those same laws allowed anyone to search your sister in law, who had not commited any crime and I'm sure had claimed not to be carrying anything prohibited.

 
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