Bodyart sends message to the NHS over smear test letters
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The tattoo lover – whose official name is King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-ite – has been pleading with his GP and local NHS trust to stop sending him the letters for three years. But the pleas by the 40-year-old – who goes by the nickname Bodyart – have fallen on deaf ears, and he recently received a letter inviting him to book an “NHS cervical screening” assessment.
Bodyart, from Birmingham, said: “It’s a joke and just makes me angry.
“I’ve told my GP surgery that I’ve got no female parts – I’ve got King in my name twice for god sake.
“They put me on to the Patient Advice Liaison Service who told me to contact the NHS. I did that last year but it hasn’t stopped them coming through.
“It’s a complete waste of the NHS’ time and resources.
“What’s even more annoying is the fact that some women can’t get the tests and yet they’re inviting someone without female parts repeatedly to have a test.
“You couldn’t make it up which makes it more infuriating.”
Around four years Bodyart decided to change his gender on medical forms to Mx – which means he is gender variant.
This is because he describes himself as a “transformer” and does not dispute that he has male parts.
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“I was born a boy and grew into a man,” he explained.
“But because I’ve become Bodyart – I’m a transformer so I’m not a man or a woman.
“I’m transforming my body. I’m trans but not bigender.
“But I still haven’t got female parts.
“I’ve explained this to my GP and the NHS but they don’t listen.”
Bodyart legally changed his name in 2007 and around five years ago became officially gender-neutral.
This means he is registered as “Mx” with his GP despite not considering himself to be gender-neutral because “unlike trans and other people I knew I was born a boy and I knew I grew into a man”.
He added: “I see myself now as male. They don’t seem to get that.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the NHS for comment.
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