Transgender group sues S.C. after teen denied license over makeup

Transgender group sues S.C. after teen denied license over makeup

A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday because the agency won’t allow the teen to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women’s clothing. During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, he told reporters that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was degrading.

During a news conference Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbia, Culpepper told reporters that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was degrading.

“I left the DMV feeling humiliated,” Culpepper said. “I want to be myself and have a driver’s license photo that reflects that.”

Having already passed a driving test, Culpepper in March went to a DMV office in Anderson, about 100 miles northwest of Columbia, to get a driver’s license. That day, as is the case every day, Culpepper wore makeup and dressed as a woman.

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