09.19.19 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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During the life of this issue, Mother Nature will officially unleash fall. Some of us mark the start of fall with the return of pumpkin spice everything. For others it’s designated by cooler temperatures, orange and brown decor or new episodes of their favorite stories. For me fall brings with it a special anniversary of sorts: sobriety.

Oct. 1 will mark four years since I stopped drinking. Fitting in a way, as Oct. 1 also launches LGBTQ history month. I am a history fan, always have been. Perhaps that’s why I find my career path so fascinating. At Watermark we share stories, mark truths and archive them so we can look back to see whether we improve; whether we learn from where we came from. I often say we need our past to understand our future. That is true as a community and as an individual.

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Nevada becomes 10th state to offer gender-neutral licenses

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LAS VEGAS (AP) | Nevada is joining a handful of states by offering gender-neutral driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles announced this week that it will allow residents to choose gender “X” on their license or ID instead of an “M” for male or “F” for female.

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Transgender teen settles with South Carolina DMV over license photo

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A transgender South Carolina teenager has settled a lawsuit challenging the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ policy governing a person’s choice to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Federal court documents show Chase Culpepper’s lawsuit was settled.

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Couple sues Florida DMV for refusal to issue driver’s licenses with married names

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Melbourne – The same-sex couple whose licenses were cancelled for having their hyphenated married names are suing the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.

Scott and Daniel Wall-DeSousa, represented by William Sheppard of Sheppard, White, Kachergus & DeMaggio in Jacksonville, filed a lawsuit the last week of November with the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Orlando Division. The lawsuit states the DMV failed in substantive due process, equal protection, freedom of speech, First Amendment retaliation, and full faith and credit.

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Woman fights DMV for right to take wife’s name

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Another lawsuit has been filed over South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban.

Attorneys for a Lexington County woman filed the lawsuit Oct. 24.

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Teen sues DMV after being told to remove makeup

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old in South Carolina sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Sept. 2 because the agency won’t allow him to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup.

Chase Culpepper regularly wears makeup and either androgynous or women’s clothing. During a news conference Sept. 2 at the Statehouse in Columbia, he told reporters that being ordered by officials to remove what they called a disguise was degrading.

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Two transgender women claim mistreatment by DMV, say they were called ‘it’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Two transgender women say they were ordered to take off their makeup, jewelry and wigs at West Virginal Division of Motor Vehicles offices or they would not get new driver’s license photos.

In the process, they say they were belittled, and called names like “it.”

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DMV forces South Carolina teen to remove his makeup for driver’s license

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Chase Culpepper, a 16-year-old non-gender teen who prefers male pronouns and wears girl’s clothing and makeup, said the DMV in Anderson, S.C. forced him to take off his makeup when he was there to get his driver’s license.

According to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund as reported by the Daily News , “workers accused him of not looking the way ‘a boy should’ and refused to take his picture while he was wearing makeup.”

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