Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DMV Neanderthals

Chase-Culpepper-SC This beautiful teenager was hassled by the South Carolina DMV after passing the driver's license test and waiting to be photographed for the license. Chase Culpepper, who wears makeup and androgynous or girls’ clothing on a regular basis, was told to remove the makeup and “look more like a boy" for the photo.

According to a DMV spokesperson, the DMV works with law enforcement on these decisions. "If it says male [on the license], that's what they're gonna look for. They expect the photo to be of a man."

I guess it's time to introduce those folks to the 21st Century!

Meanwhile, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is on the case.

 

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Source: Rent-the-Runway

Wearing Shoshanna.

 

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Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, before and after.
Note that they are wearing dresses before and after!

14 comments:

  1. Can you imagine the uproar? Should this have been a cis woman where she was asked to put makeup on to look more like a girl!?

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    1. Or if she was asked to remove her makeup because she was wearing a disguise!

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  2. I completely agree Stana

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  3. Good observation, Stana! I always wondered about that!...

    Mandy

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  4. Do you know anyone who has ever had a good encounter with the DMV. I would rather go to the dentist*.
    I see the action against young Chase as an act of cruelty but when dealing with the DMV you can expect to be working with the least common denominator. I just hope that the publicity that this has caused may open a few minds.

    Pat

    *In my case my dentist is a beautiful 40 year old always well dressed woman. Most of the peopel I have encountered at the DMV would qualify as you have titled this post.

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    1. I avoid the DMV if I can. Here in Connecticut, we can get our driver's licenses renewed at AAA and that is where I go.

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  5. What about a man who has facial hair and shaves it off later on, or vice versa? He would certainly be altering his appearance much more than Chase wearing or not wearing makeup.

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    1. IMHO, the SC DMV's so-called policy was ad hoc to cover their transphobic rear ends.

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  6. Heck the State of Texas never said a word to me when I changed my license from Massachusetts to Texas and I was quite beautiful. It is weird how the DMV can be such buttholes in some States and not in others but then in my case working at NASA might have carried some weight and maybe the person never looked at the M on the driver's license.

    Pretty sad any way you look at it.

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  7. MSN.com carried this story along with a poll and sadly only 16% voted that Chase should be afforded an opportunity to have another photo take wearing makeup. 59% said that the regulation should be followed. Lets hope that young Chase prevails in taking a stand for liberty.
    Pat

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    1. IMHO, they interpreted the regulation on the spot to support their transphobia.

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  8. I read that same story and was shocked! At least the SC DMV didn't ask that Chase stip for the photo! Some things (along with people and places!) are slow to accept change. I hope "he" gets to take another driver's license picture as the "she" she feels she is!

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    1. When I first saw the story, I thought it might have been in a foreign land, not here in the land of the free.

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