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DMV slapped with lawsuit after forcing boy to remove his makeup for his driver’s license photo

By Mason White 10:33 AM September 4, 2014
Chase Culpepper 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A DMV was slapped with a lawsuit after employees forced a boy to remove his makeup before taking a photo for his driver’s license, according to court documents filed in South Carolina.

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund announced the filing of the federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, on behalf of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper.

Culpepper considers himself gender nonconforming.

Earlier this year, Culpepper of Anderson, was informed by officials that he could not misrepresent his identity despite claiming that he always wears makeup to work and school.

“That’s how I look every day,” Culpepper said. “If a police officer wanted to recognize me, then I should look the same as my photo on the driver’s license,” he added.

Culpepper received his license after removing his makeup, but he felt mistreated by the DMV officials.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare that denying Chase’s freedom of wearing his daily makeup while taking the photo for his license constitutes sex discrimination, and violates his right to freedom of speech and expression set forth in the United States Constitution.

“It is not the role of the DMV or any government agency to decide how men and women should look. Chase should be able to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sexual discrimination,” a spokesperson for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said.