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TLDEF Files Federal Lawsuit against South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Behalf of Gender Non-conforming Teen who was Forced to Remove Makeup for His Driver's License Photo

TLDEF Files Federal Lawsuit against South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Behalf of Gender Non-conforming Teen who was Forced to Remove Makeup for His Driver's License Photo

September 2, 2014 - TLDEF today filed a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of a 16-year-old gender non-conforming teen who was targeted for discrimination last March. When he attempted to get his first driver’s license, Chase Culpepper was told by the DMV that he could not take his license photo unless he removed the makeup that he wears on a regular basis.

The suit – brought by Chase’s mother Teresa Culpepper on his behalf as a minor... more