A teen angel named Chase Culpepper (NOT KIDDING, REAL NAME) is in the process of suing the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, because upon passing his driver’s test — rite of passage for all teens who cannot wait to stage a steamy mack sesh in the front seat of their mom’s Volvo — the DMV forced him to take off his makeup in order to take his driver’s license photo.
Chase identifies as gender nonconforming (and is identified using he/him pronouns by his mother, according to WYFF), and wears makeup and women’s clothing on a daily basis. See: the flawless pairing of pearl earrings and nu-metal necklace below. However, when he attempted to sit for his photo, in spite of being forthcoming with the DMV about being assigned male at birth, he was told that his gender presentation could be construed as a “disguise” and therefore did not adhere to DMV policy. In a statement, a DMV spokesperson idiotically commented:
“At no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.”
First of all, no one would claim a cisgender woman is misrepresenting her identity by wearing makeup in her license photo. Second of all, Chase clearly wore his standard daytime lqqk in a concerted effort not to misrepresent his identity, but to present the way he looks every day. You don’t get to tell someone who is openly presenting you with their identity that they are misrepresenting their identity.
Said Chase of the DMV employee he dealt with:
“She said that I could not wear a disguise to take my photo, and according to her, me wearing makeup would be a disguise, and I did not look like a boy should…It was very degrading, and I felt — I was in shock.”
We sincerely hope he turns his flash-in-the-pan activist notoriety into a YouTube makeup tutorial series, because seriously, these eyelashes: