Heather Murphy-Raines/Scout's HonorHave you had the joy of a Department of Motor Vehicles trip recently?
It's okay. There are very few of us out there that compare a trip to the DMV to anything less than a root canal.
The long lines. The grumpy civil servant employees. The hard chairs molding our bottoms into unnatural shapes and making our legs fall asleep so we literally trip when our name is called. The terrible photos we walk away with, and the snickering saleswomen who follow. A ransom for the privilege of registering your car ...
And oh, yes, if you happen to be transgendered, the letter from a DMV employee DAMNING YOU TO HELL.
Ho, hum. Just another day at the DMV, right?
Just Another Day at the DMVSo this is how it plays out ... Amber Yust, born David, went to a San Francisco DMV, a city that is more sensitive than most to transgender issues, for a license update in October. She successfully changed her name and updated her gender on her driver's license.
All was well until she received a letter from a DMV employee that breached confidentiality to state that:
I have learned that the reason for the vast majority of gender change operations is the client's homosexual orientation ... The homosexual act is an abomination that leads to hell.
The employee went further, saying California's recognition of her name change was "evil," and included a church pamphlet that she told Yust was critical to her "salvation."
Nope, the DMV has. You see this was not the first time this DMV employee acted out against a transgender. In 2009 he flat-out refused to help a transgender woman. Yet he still kept his job!
The DMV apologized the first time and has finally taken a step in the right direction by putting their employee on paid administrative leave this go around.
They have also apologized in a public statement, once again.
As for Ms. Yust, she has a restraining order in place barring any future mail and a lawsuit pending. Do you blame her? I'd be creeped out by any civil servant searching me out, much less with sentiments that I am damned to hell.
What Gives, California?As for the DMV, transgender issues aside, their employee has failed to do his job twice, put the DMV at risk for lawsuit, breached confidentiality as a condition of his employment, and STILL gets put on paid leave? What gives California?
Ahhh ... our tax dollars at work.
Shouldn't this guy be fired?