The War on Christmas is real and it’s happening at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Happily, Santa has won the most recent skirmish.
A South Carolina teen who filed a lawsuit against the South Carolina DMV after being denied the ability to wear makeup in her license photo has successfully settled out of court, and in effect, has paved the way for other trans individuals in the state to do the same if they choose, reports NPR.
Call it a hunch.
Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old resident of South Carolina, was allegedly told by the DMV that he had to remove his makeup to take a driver's license photo. Because, according to a DMV employee, Chase (who considers himself "gender non-conforming" and reportedly prefers male pronouns) didn't look "like a boy should."
A transgender teen was told he couldn't have his driver's license photo taken while wearing makeup at a South Carolina DMV. They said he couldn't wear a "disguise."
A newlywed couple went to a Florida DMV to get their names changed on their drivers' licenses. But because theirs was an out-of-state marriage from Connecticut, they say they were "humiliated" and ultimately denied.