Teen forced to remove makeup for license

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1CaptureTransgender rights activists say a teenager’s Constitutional rights were violated by the Department of Motor Vehicles in South Carolina.

16-year old Chase Culpepper says he regularly wears makeup and girl’s clothes.

He recently passed his driving test.

But when it came time to get the picture taken for his license, he was told he had to remove the makeup he was wearing. “She told us that I could not wear a disguise, because according to them, makeup was a disguise and than I did not look like a boy should,” said Chase.

“His I.D. says that he’s male and the card says he’s male, so needs to look like a male,” said Beth Parks, spokesperson for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund is now asking that Chase be allowed to retake his photo.

A DMV spokesperson said if someone is transgender, and changes their name and gender through the courts, then the DMV will honor that change.

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  • Diane

    I’m going to back the DMV’s Beth Parks on this decision. But then again I also believe people should have to remove their sunglasses , no baseball caps and Muslim women can’t have a photo in full burka.

    • Betty Barnes

      Hi Diane, I think that’s a different case. We have to look from different and objective perspective.
      Hope he/she apply transgender request through the courts, that way his/her wish could be granted by Department of Motor Vehicles in South Carolina.

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