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Teen sues after DMV forced him to remove his makeup 'to look more male'

A 16-year-old, who identifies as gender non-conforming, was told his makeup could be construed to be a 'disguise'
Chase Culpepper is suing South Carolina for forcing him to remove his makeup at the DMV.

A teen is suing South Carolina after he was told to remove his make-up to 'look more male'.

Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old who identifies as gender non-conforming and uses male pronouns, went to the department of motor vehicles earlier this year.

Even though the Anderson, South Carolina teen had passed the test, he was told to remove his make-up as it could be considered a disguise.

'It was wrong to be taken aside and told how I look doesn't fit with traditional gender roles and how I look is not even good enough to take a driver's license picture taken,' Culpepper said.

'And unfortunately, a lot of people like me have to go through this.'

Culpepper’s mother, Teresa, said: 'They said he was wearing a disguise. It was very hurtful. He was absolutely devastated. That’s who he is 24/7.'

The Transgender Legal Defense and Education fund is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Chase.

TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman said: 'It is not the role of the DMV or any government agency or employee to decide how men and women should look.

'Chase should be able to get a driver’s license without being subjected to sex discrimination.

The teen has argued a photo of him without make-up is more of misrepresentation of himself than a photo of him wearing it.

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