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Transgender Teen Wins Right to Wear What She Wants for Driver’s License Photo

Yahoo Parenting writes:

All Chase Culpepper wanted was a driver’s license photo that reflected the way she usually looks.

Instead, the transgender teen scored a legal settlement on Monday against her home state of South Carolina, which refused to let the 17-year-old take her driver’s license photo while wearing her usual makeup—telling her that she needed to look more like a male before she could sit for the photo.

“I’m thrilled, and I hope it means that no other transgender person has to have their rights violated for being different,” Chase tells Yahoo Parenting in one of her only interviews since the settlement.

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Settlement in Landmark Lawsuit vs S. Carolina DMV for Trans Teen Forced to Remove Makeup for Driver's License Photo

SC DMV Agrees to Allow Chase Culpepper to Retake Her License Photo Wearing Makeup, Apologize, and Change Policy to Ensure that Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People Will Be Treated Fairly and Respectfully

(Please note: At the time of the incident and lawsuit filing, we referred to Chase as gender nonconforming and used male pronouns in accordance with her wishes. Chase has since begun identifying as transgender and using female pronouns and our discussion of her case reflects that here.)

TLDEF is thrilled to announce a settlement in a historic federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of Chase Culpepper. The settlement is featured in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Chase is a transgender girl who was targeted for discrimination in March 2014 when she attempted to get her first driver’s license. She was told by DMV employees that she could not take her photo unless she removed the makeup that she wears on a regular basis. They told her that she needed to “look male” in her license photo and refused to provide her with her driver’s license if she did not remove the makeup she was wearing.

Transgender Teen Wins Right to Wear What She Wants for Driver’s License Photo

All Chase Culpepper wanted was a driver’s license photo that reflected the way she usually looks.

Instead, the transgender teen scored a legal settlement on Monday against her home state of South Carolina, which refused to let the 17-year-old take her driver’s license photo while wearing her usual makeup—telling her that she needed to look more like a male before she could sit for the photo.

“I’m thrilled, and I hope it means that no other transgender person has to have their rights violated for being different,” Chase tells Yahoo Parenting in one of her only interviews since the settlement.

The settlement mandates that South Carolina change their policy, so driver’s license applicants are photographed the way they appear regularly, even if they don’t match the traditional way a male or female is supposed to look. DMV employees also must undergo training that covers the new policy and how to treat transgender and gender-nonconforming people with courtesy.

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Transgender Advocates to Sue SC Over License Photo

An organization that supports transgender rights is planning to sue SC after the DMV told him to take off his makeup for his driver’s license photo

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said it will file a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday. The boy, Chase Culpepper, his mother and the director of the fund also plan to talk to reporters in Columbia.

The DMV wouldn’t let Culpepper wear his makeup for the photo because of a policy that bans license pictures when someone is purposefully altering his appearance.

Chase Culpepper says he is gender non-conforming and wears makeup and girls’ clothing regularly.

Previous Coverage: SC DMV Tells 16-Year-Old to Take Off (His) Makeup

The fund says that rule is unconstitutional because it is too vague and lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how someone should look.

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Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won’t allow him to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women’s clothing. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, he told reporters that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was degrading.

“I left the DMV feeling humiliated,” Culpepper said. “I want to be myself and have a driver’s license photo that reflects that.”

After passing his driving test in March, Culpepper went to get his license at a DMV office in Anderson, about 100 miles northwest of Columbia. That day, as is the case every day, Culpepper wore makeup and women’s clothing.

But the agency wouldn’t let Culpepper wear makeup for a photo because of a policy that bans license pictures when someone is purposefully altering his or her appearance. After several attempts, Culpepper says the makeup was removed to the satisfaction of DMV employees, and a license photo was ultimately taken.

South Carolina DMV Tells Gender Non-Conforming Teen to Remove Makeup

South Carolina DMV Tells Gender Non-Conforming Teen to Remove Makeup

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A transgender rights advocacy group says the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles restricted a teen’s free speech rights by asking him to remove his makeup for a driver’s license photo.

Sixteen-year-old Chase Culpepper went to take his driver’s test in Anderson in March.

Chase considers himself “gender non-conforming,” he told CNN affiliate WYFF. He regularly wears makeup and girl’s…

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Trans-unfriendly DMV finds themselves at the receiving end of a federal lawsuit

Trans-unfriendly DMV finds themselves at the receiving end of a federal lawsuit

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LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The department of motor vehicles is among the least favorite places for visitation by transgender people — the chances for embarrassment, being outed, or a public scolding, is sky-high. While some states have addressed this, other have not. Over the summer we’ve seen multiple sites where DMV employees told trans people to take off their make-up before they can have…

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Transgender teen who sued SCDMV now finalist for Homecoming Queen | WBTW.com

Transgender teen who sued SCDMV now finalist for Homecoming Queen | WBTW.com

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The South Carolina transgender teen who settled a law suit with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles over her right to wear makeup and appear feminine on her license photo is running for homecoming queen. The SCDMV agreed to let her appear as her authentic self and to do so for others, as well as receive transgender issues training for employees. On the heels of that win Chase is now…

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WYFF-TV:  Palmetto State students nominate transgender teen for homecoming court
By Janice Limon

SOAPBOX SATURDAY CONTINUES WITH BREAKING NEWS:

An Upstate transgender teen who fought and won the right to get her driver’s license photo taken as a girl has a new fight on her hands: becoming homecoming queen. Chase Culpepper is one of five finalists for homecoming queen at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, Principal Shawn Tobin said. Culpepper, 17, was born male but identifies as female. She got her South Carolina driver’s license in June after she was told 15 months earlier that she had to take off her makeup before having her license photo taken…

When Culpepper’s troubles with the DMV made news in March 2014, she originally identified as gender-nonconforming and used male pronouns. By the time she won her lawsuit in April 2015 with the help of the Transgender Legal and Defense Education Fund, she said she was trans. She turns 18 this Friday. Incidentally, Hanna beat Easley 31-24 but no word about the homecoming court at presstime. Still not in The Advocate or HuffPo so SCOOP!
Episode 45
  • Episode 45
  • Transition Transmission
  • Under the Transgender Umbrella
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Join Amber Neko, Ramona Mona, Alexandria Tibby, and podcast guest August as we talk about trans topics on this weeks episode of Transition Transmission, a by and for transgender podcast.  This week we talk about Jazz and her new children’s book.  We touch on how awesome ‘The Switch’ is so far.  We’re liking Obama’s desire to push an executive order on through for ENDA.  But, we’re awful upset that Chase Culpepper didn’t get to take a great photo at the DMV.  And we finish off with the topic of Sex in Alabama.  We also veer a long way off topic once or twice.  So join the Transgender Trio as they keep dancing under the Transgender Umbrella.

Runtime: 70 minutes

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Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won’t allow him to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women’s clothing. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, he told reporters that being ordered by officials to…

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