A Transgender Woman Was Denied a Driver’s License at a Baton Rouge OMV [VIDEO]
The Louisiana state motor vehicle policy states that "At no time will an applicant be photographed when it is obvious he/she is misrepresenting his/her gender and/or purposely alternating his/her appearance in an effort which would "misguide/misrepresent" his/her identity". The policy, that has been in place since 1986, became an issue recently when a self-identified transgender woman was denied a driver's license at the Baton Rouge Office of Motor Vehicles.
Alexandra Glover, born Dylan Glover, was denied a driver's license because she did not look like a man. WAFB reports that the OMV clerk told Glover, "If you have makeup on or anything like that, you're supposed to take all that off, because you are actually man". Because Alexandra's birth certificate says she was born male, the clerk deemed her appearance a "misrepresentation" of her gender. Glover told WAFB "I'm not misrepresenting my gender. I mean just because it says male on my ID shouldn't matter ... You should look like what you look like on your ID."
According to state policy for changing gender identity on a license, Louisiana requires a statement from a physician stating individual has successfully undergone gender transition in order for a new ID card to be issued.
You can read more about this story on WAFB website.