One year ago today – June 13, 2016 – at the age of 60, I legally reclaimed my name that should have been mine since birth. New York State changed my name when I was 15 months old in compliance with a 1935 State law that revokes, seals, and replaces birth certificates of adopted people. Even though I legally reclaimed my name, I still do not have the legal right to unseal and obtain a certified copy of my accurate birth certificate.
But I have owned a certified copy since 1974 when my adoptive mother gave it to me. My natural father gave it to her when he relinquished me to adoption.
According to New York State law, a person who legally changes her or his name must request a new, amended birth certificate to reflect that name change. The law presumes that the person whose name was changed would have the same parents of birth; therefore, an amended birth certificate for that person would simply update the new name while everything else on the birth certificate remains the same.
That is not the same for me. If I were now to complete the name change protocol by requesting New York State to issue an amended birth certificate to me, my new birth certificate would state that my (legal) parents (Doloris and Edward Wheeler) gave birth to me Doris Michol Sippel. Even the attorney at the Supreme Court of Buffalo, New York agreed last year that such a request would be illogical.
We are now at the crossroads of the stupidity of New York State law. It is bad enough the New York State annulled my medical record of birth when I was adopted and became Joan Mary Wheeler on January 14, 1957 at the age of one year and one week. At that point in time, New York State created a fictitious birth certificate for me under my new legal name of Joan Mary Wheeler, declaring that Doloris and Edward Wheeler sired, conceived, and gave birth to me. That was a legal lie.
But as of June 13, 2016, New York State voided Joan Mary Wheeler’s birth certificate because I changed my name. New York State is waiting for me to request an amended birth certificate in the name of Doris Michol Sippel so the State can use the names of my legal parents, Doloris and Edward Wheeler, to complete the name change according to the limited view of the current law to issue a new, amended birth certificate to complete the name change back to Diris Michol Sippel.
Are my readers confused yet?
How would you like to be me?
Over my dead body will I allow New York State to make a new amended birth certificate that will, again, override reality. And even when I am dead, I will haunt New York State for the crimes you have committed against me.
My true parents, Genevieve and Leonard Sippel, sired, conceived and birthed me, Doris Michol Sippel, on January 7, 1956.
Doloris and Edward Wheeler adopted me on January 14, 1957. Their names do not belong on a state-sanctioned declaration of parentage.
Again, I own my actual medical of live birth that was issued five days after my birth. I have never used it because Joan Mary Wheeler’s birth certificate overrode it.
Last year, when I was given a court order that changed my name back to my name of birth, the first place I went to was the Social Security Office. I presented to them my actual medical record of live birth as proof of my birth and parentage. Without asking, the clerk changed my parents’ names on my Social Security record. This, of course, was preceded by me presenting my court order, and my amended birth certificate in the name of Joan Mary Wheeler, proving my adopted parents of record on my Social Security record. The clerk understood that I wanted my true parents reinstated in my official government identification record. My Social Security number remains the same. It is assigned at birth and cannot be changed.
But the attorney at the help desk of the Buffalo Office of the Supreme Court said that the birth records would not match. If the authorities checked, they would find that the parents’ names did not match and would question my identification. Well now! Whose fault is that? Certainly not my fault! New York State created this problem, not me.
I used my certified copy of my medical record of live birth to obtain a new Social Security Card under my name of Doris Michol Sippel, just as it should have been all of my life.
I used my certified copy of my medical record of live birth under my name of Doris Michol Sippel to obtain a New York State Drivers’ License.
I used my certified copy of my medical record of live birth to obtain a US Passport.
This is who I am, who I was since birth, and who I will be upon my death.
The clerk at the Social Security office assured me that my death certificate will be issued with my name of birth and that of my parents of birth – just as it should have been all of my life.
To use the words of an estranged friend of mine, “I shall die as myself”. (Where are your guts to stand up for the truth, Michael Allen Potter? Who gave you the answers you sought, Michael? Who confirmed your truths at the Social Security Office in Buffalo, New York, Michael? … I did. I led you to the answers you sought. But you hid behind your name, without confronting the two adoptions that stole your identity. You can thank me, a lowly adoptee who fought the same forces you did.)
I do not have the legal right to request a certified copy of my medical record of live birth at the counter at my local Vital Statistics Office in Buffalo City Hall. Because of the oppressive and discriminatory New York State adoption laws, I, Doris Michol Sippel, do not have the legal nor civil right to ask for and obtain a certified copy of my medical record of live birth because that record is still revoked and sealed, just as it has been since January 14, 1957.
I was told last June that I could use my certified copy of my medical record of live birth as identification, but, if it were ever lost, stolen, or mutilated, I would never be able to obtain a replacement certified copy. Why? Because New York State still does not officially recognize my birth. My adoption overrides my birth.
Currently, Joan Mary Wheeler’s birth certificate has been nullified because I changed my name. Currently, Doris Michol Sippel has no legal right to her still-revoked and still–sealed medical record of live birth.
Currently, I, Doris Michol Sippel, am using my only certified copy of my certification and validation of my birth as proof of who I am.
I will fight till my dying breath for the restoration of my civil and human rights to my real, authentic, accurate and only proof of my birth.
I, Doris Michol Sippel, was factually born to Genevieve Ruth Herr Herr Sippel and Leonard Joseph Sippel on January 7, 1956.
My DNA proves this.
My documents prove this.
New York State officially denies this.
Fuck you New York State.
Fuck you, United States federal government.
Are you coming to get me? I welcome your knock at my door.
Lock me up.
Prevent me from going across the Peace Bridge into Canada.
Prevent me from leaving my country of birth.
I am an innocent orphan.
I know who I am.
It is you who are confused.
To people who follow strict grammatical form, screw you. Screw you, Michael Allen Potter. Editing, writing, are not more than correct content. It is standing up to authorities who control us. Are you prepared to face the authorities, as I am?
I fight for you, Michael, for us, for all of us.