‘Gender Non-Conforming’ Teenager Forced To Remove His Make-up At DMV, His Mom Now Filing a Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of an Upstate teen who was forced to take off his makeup for a driver’s license picture, despite the fact he lives in girl’s clothing and makeup every day. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund held a news conference on the south steps of the South Carolina State House to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of a 16-year-old Chase Culpepper. Culpepper considers himself gender non-conforming. Culpepper says on March 3 he went to the DMV office in Anderson with his mother to get his driver’s license. He said he had already passed the test and was told he could not have his picture taken while wearing make-up because he did not look the way a boy should. He said, “It was wrong to be taken aside and told how I look doesn’t fit with traditional gender roles and how I look is not even good enough to take a driver’s license picture taken. And unfortunately, a lot of people like me have to go through this.” Culpepper’s mother, Teresa, said, “They said he was wearing a disguise. It was very hurtful. He was absolutely devastated. That’s who he is 24/7.”

via WYFF

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