Man Wants His Name Changed to that of a Woman
The Kenyan High Court is dealing with a case where a man is struggling to have his name changed from that of a man to that of a woman.
The 29 year old born as Andrew Mbugua Ithibu decided to become a woman but has faced challenges including that of the Kenyan examination board failing to change his examination papers to reflect his new gender status.
Audrey says ,she has faced many difficulties in the process of trying to change her national identity card, and passport.
For this case ,she wants the Kenyan court to issue an order directing Kenya National Examination Council to change the name on his examination certificates.
Born in January 1984, she studied at Kiambu High School where she sat her secondary school national examination under the name Andrew Mbugua Ithibu. After completing High School in 2001, Andrew decided she wanted to be a female and chose the name Audrey.
She changed her first name legally from Andrew to Audrey last year through a deed poll and gazette notice. She was treated at Mathare mental hospital and subsequently issued with a psychiatrist medical report stating that she had been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorders/Transsexualism in 2008.
Gender identity disorder (GID) or transsexualism is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned gender. People with GID desire to live as members of the opposite gender and often dress and use mannerisms associated with the other gender. For instance, a person identified as a boy may feel and act like a girl.