An Evansville man says the BMV is discriminating against him after he legally changed gender.
Alicia Holbrook was born a little girl, but is now known as a 26-year-old man named Ajax Holdin.
Ajax is a female to male transgender who wanted to not only look and sound like a man, but wanted to legally be recognized as a male.
For the first time in his journey, he says he was discriminated against.
Ajax Holdin has been receiving hormone therapy for the past eight months. It was his first step in transitioning from female to male. Ajax says he's felt differently all his life.
"I remember trying to be a girl. Sometimes it was easy because I had a lot of female friends. But the hardest part, I guess, was puberty," Ajax said.
Amy Holdin, Ajax's closest friend and now his wife, was the first person he told about being transgender.
He told the rest of his friends in family last year on Facebook about a week after he began hormone therapy and several months after he and Amy reached a big milestone in their relationship.
"We had our wedding ceremony last October," Ajax said.
But to become legally married, Ajax had to have documentation to prove he is male. So he went to the BMV to get a new license.
"They gave me my driver's license as male and now they're telling me I'm supposed to have surgery, where it doesn't say anything about that on their website. I feel like they're trying to take all this stuff away from me, I worked so hard to get it, and now they're just trying to take all of this away from me," Ajax said.
According to the BMV, Ajax needed to bring a signed and dated statement from his physician stating that he has successfully underwent all treatment necessary to permanently change his gender from female to male.
Ajax says the letter from his doctor, which he gave to the BMV, proves that he
has underwent the treatment.
The definition of "all treatment necessary to permanently change" is unclear.
"A lot of people have been really great to us. I've gotten a lot of support. This is the first time I've felt discriminated against since I started the transition," Ajax said.
The BMV was requesting Ajax come back to the office and change his gender back to female.
"I don't intend to get one that says female, that's for sure," Ajax said.
The BMV tells us they are launching an investigation to determine if the gender change was legal and if there was a mistake made at the local office.
The County Clerk's Office, that married the couple on Monday, says if the male gender license is void, Chief Judge Wayne Trockman will have to review the case to determine if the marriage will also be voided.
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