Gender Non-Conforming Teen Forced To Remove Makeup For Driver's License Photo

transitiontransmission:

This is some grade A bullshit right here.

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A transgender rights group is asking the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to allow a gender non-conforming teen to retake his driver’s license photo while wearing makeup.

Chase Culpepper — a 16-year-old who wears makeup and androgynous or girls’ clothing on a daily basis — went to the DMV in Anderson on March 3 with his mother to get his driver’s license after passing his driver’s test, according to a press release obtained by The Huffington Post. However, he was told he couldn’t be photographed while wearing makeup.

DMV employees said he did not look the way they thought a boy should, and one individual called his makeup a “disguise,” the release notes. Culpepper ultimately removed his makeup and got his photo taken, but the experience left a mark.

“This is who I am and my clothing and makeup reflect that,” he says in the release. “The Department of Motor Vehicles should not have forced me to remove my makeup simply because my appearance does not meet their expectations of what a boy should look like. I just want the freedom to be who I am without the DMV telling me that I’m somehow not good enough.”

On June 9, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) sent a letter to the South Carolina DMV on behalf of Culpepper. The letter, which alleges the teen’s constitutional rights were violated, reads, in part:

In the end, Chase was told that he could not wear makeup simply because boys typically do not wear makeup. It was not because his makeup acted as any type of disguise of his identity. Sex stereotypes like this do not justify a government agency’s restriction of constitutionally protected expression.

TLDEF asked that Culpepper be granted the opportunity to retake his license photo. Culpepper says: “I want the DMV to take my picture again, with makeup, so I can put this incident behind me.

However, a representative from the DMV told HuffPost that it is unlikely Culpepper will be able to retake the picture because of a 2009 clause added to the driver’s license photo policy. The clause reads: “At no time can an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposefully altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”

According to the rep, the DMV works with law enforcement on these decisions.

"If it says male [on the license], that’s what they’re gonna look for. They expect the photo to be of a man," she said. "If they stop somebody and they’re dressed as a woman, they can straighten that out."

Stonewall Was a Riot

transfrequency:

The Stonewall Riots were started by trans PoC, and making a movie about it, directed by a cis white guy, and starring a cis white guy. is probably one of the biggest slaps in the face to the trans community to date. Transwomen of color started the riots, and were swept under…

ANALYSIS: A Different Kind of "Asian Privilege"

trans-asian:

I have really wanted to write about passing for a while now. I have a hard time thinking through what it is and means because I’ve had some very divergent experiences related to passing and what the politics of passing are. I’ve taken on a lot to pass as a man in a lot of contexts, but there is…

Meet Tona Brown, the first trans performer at Carnegie Hall

gaywrites:

Tona Brown is a violinist, a mezzo soprano, and the first trans woman of color ever to perform at historic Carnegie Hall.

Brown has previously performed the National Anthem for Barack Obama and is slated to perform at Carnegie Hall in June for LGBT Pride Month. She’s also raising money to make sure she can afford the rental fees and other costs necessary to make the event happen.

Brown’s performance will feature music from her debut album “This Is Who I Am,” a tribute to African American composers, including songs “Deep River” and “Dream Variations.” “I have been studying African American Art Songs and Negro spirituals, and I’d like to showcase some of these rarely heard gems to the audience,” she explained. “The concert is called from ‘Stonewall to Carnegie Hall’ because we want to educate people about the plight of LGBT Americans, from 1969 to the present, through music and speech.”

She’s performing at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 25. Even if you can’t swing the cost of a ticket, consider donating whatever you can to help her make history. 

sydlikeaustralia:

tomorrow political leaders in st. petersburg, russia are going to vote on a law that will prohibit speaking in public about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. russia is already a very dangerous place to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and the situation is obviously not getting better as of now. pride marchers were attacked and detained by Moscow police last year simply for holding their heads up high in public.
this bill could spread nationwide in russia unless you help raise awareness. reblog and please click the picture and follow the link to sign the petition against it, we only need about 20,000 more signatures. 

tamellia: We are slowly having reforms in the United States. I know that these reforms are not yet satisfactory to the LGBT community, but let us be thankful for the success we have had these years (and the recent success with ruling Prop 8 as unconstitutional in California). Celebrate and continue to fight, but also be aware that we have better circumstances than other nations around the world. Re-blog and sign the petition. Take a Stand and support Russia. 

sydlikeaustralia:

tomorrow political leaders in st. petersburg, russia are going to vote on a law that will prohibit speaking in public about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. russia is already a very dangerous place to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and the situation is obviously not getting better as of now. pride marchers were attacked and detained by Moscow police last year simply for holding their heads up high in public.

this bill could spread nationwide in russia unless you help raise awareness. reblog and please click the picture and follow the link to sign the petition against it, we only need about 20,000 more signatures. 

tamellia: We are slowly having reforms in the United States. I know that these reforms are not yet satisfactory to the LGBT community, but let us be thankful for the success we have had these years (and the recent success with ruling Prop 8 as unconstitutional in California). Celebrate and continue to fight, but also be aware that we have better circumstances than other nations around the world. Re-blog and sign the petition. Take a Stand and support Russia.