The family of a South Carolina teenager who was ordered to remove his makeup before taking a driver's license photo this year has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to court records.
Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old who identifies as male but wears makeup and women's clothing on a regular basis, was ordered to remove his makeup by DMV officials when he tried to obtain his driver's license in March.
The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund called on the DMV to allow Chase to retake the picture in June, but the agency has not responded to requests to resolve the issue, according to the lawsuit.
The suit, which was filed by the teenager's mother on his behalf in federal court Tuesday, contends that the DMV's policies are unconstitutional and calls for a court order to allow Chase to dress how he wants for a future photo.
Calls to Beth Parks, a spokeswoman for the DMV, were not immediately returned on Tuesday. In a previous interview with the Los Angeles Times, Parks dismissed the notion that the DMV's policy on altered appearances did not apply to Chase because he normally wears makeup.
"He's doing well," Silverman said. "He feels like he wants to do this for himself and other people like him to make sure this doesn't happen again."