This bit of supposed conversation between a clerk at the DMV and someone applying for a handicap parking permit sums up Lorence's tale:
“Mr. Smith, the physician’s section is not filled out,” she said. “You need a medical doctor to certify what kind of medical condition you have that would warrant a disability parking placard.”Wikipedia informs us that apotemnophilia is a neurological disorder characterized by the intense and long standing desire for amputation of a specific limb. Body integrity identity disorder (BIID, also referred to as amputee identity disorder) is a psychological disorder in which an otherwise healthy individual feels that they are meant to be disabled.
“I do have a medical condition,” Frederick said. “Apotemnophilia.” LaVonne tried to repeat the unfamiliar word. “Apotem – what?”
“Apotemnophilia. Sometimes called Body Integrity Identity Disorder. It means I perceive myself as missing a limb, in my case, my legs below my knees,” Frederick said.
“But I am a disabled person because I see myself that way. It is my self-identity,” Frederick said. “I want to live my life as an amputee, and the way to start on that path is to get a parking permit like other amputees have. Please don’t discriminate against me because of my self-identity.”And just in case you don't get it:
“Whether you have a disability is an objective fact, not a matter of subjective self-perception,” LaVonne said. “That is why you need to have a physician explain on this form what disability you actually have.”
“Because my body does not conform to my self-perception of myself,” Frederick responded. “I feel trapped in a body that does not express who I truly am. I want to live my life as an amputee, and no one will help me achieve my goal. If I can’t get my legs cut off, I was hoping that my own state of North Carolina would help my transition by accommodating and recognizing my true identity, by giving me the blue placard that allows me to park with the members of my community.”Lorence puts a cherry on top with the disclosure that the DMV clerk is a double amputee. We get it Mr. Lorence. Transgender people are just like someone suffering from a combination of neurological and psychiatric disorders. What a bigoted putz you are.
These people are not terribly smart. They have surrendered whatever critical thinking capability they might have to the literal interpretation of anonymous ancient chronicles.