Transgender South Carolina Teen Ignites Change at State’s DMV

Chase. Image via TheState.

Chase. Image via TheState.

Regardless of your gender, all South Carolina residents who want to wear makeup in their driver’s licenses now can thanks to a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen. Chase Culpepper was outraged when she was told to remove her makeup before taking her photo. “From Day 1, all that I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me,” Culpepper said during a news conference Wednesday. “And, now, that I can finally have my photo taken with makeup, my new license will reflect that.” After a lawsuit, the state’s DMV has officially changed their policy, and as part of the settlement, she’ll be allowed to retake her photo—with makeup. All DMV employees will be trained, and allow patrons to take their photos in how they appear on a day-to-day basis. “…even when their hair, makeup or clothing doesn’t match the DMV’s expectations of how a man or woman should look.” [TheState]

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