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Amber Yust Changed Her Driver’s License Gender And All She Got Was a Lousy Letter of Abomination

After reading about Amber Yust’s awful DMV experience — where the transgender San Francisco woman received a letter from a DMV staffer calling her an “abomination” after trying to get her license renewed — Queerty commenter the crustybastard suggested, “Lawyer up.” She did. And she’s suing.

Yust, 23, merely wanted to change her official gender from “male” to “female,” a process that should be as straightforward as checking a box. For the most part it was; the DMV staffer raised no objections during the process. But later that day Yust received a letter from the employee, identified by her lawyers as Thomas Demartini, saying that being gay (not trans?) was “an abomination that leads to hell.” She also received a DVD, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, “from a fundamentalist church warning of eternal damnation for anyone ‘possessed by demons’ of homosexuality. The DMV employee’s letter had referred her to the church’s website as a source of ‘critical information for your salvation.’ What’s more, the DMV had kept the employee on in 2009 even after he refused to process another transgender woman’s name-change application, Yust said in a damage claim filed with the state, the precursor to a lawsuit.” That church is the Most Holy Family Monastery, and the package “included “a grisly leaflet showing hearts torn from bodies.”

And because the DMV employee used Yust’s personal information to contact her at home, Yust says not only was she scared, but her privacy was criminally violated. So far the DMV hasn’t responded to the suit, though two weeks after Yust received the letter a DMV administrator wrote her a letter of apology and said the incident would be a “learning experience for all employees.”

It certainly will be, when the DMV settles for an undisclosed amount.

[photo: SF Chronicle]

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21 Comments

  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

    Along with the civil aspect of this freaking nightmare, there must be crimminal statues that absolute scumbag violated in taking confidential information and passing it to another entity……….

  • RomanHans

    I’m with Plays Well. And I hope the forthcoming massive pile of cash compensates for the crap dumped on Ms. Yust.

  • randy

    She’s one nasty-looking girl.

  • missanthrope

    @randy:

    Wow, aren’t you a human shit stain. I’m an acquaintance of Amber and she has more bravery than any asshole critiquing her looks message board you coward. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • Syl

    Good for Amber getting a lawyer. I hope whoever you hired puts the screws to them good for this.

    See people, this is what religion does. It hurts. It kills. All the imagined dangers of “immorality” pale in comparison to the real harm blind faith causes on a daily basis.

  • B

    QUEERTY wrote, ‘So far the DMV hasn’t responded to the suit, though two weeks after Yust received the letter a DMV administrator wrote her a letter of apology and said the incident would be a “learning experience for all employees.”‘

    QUEERTY got it a bit scrambled. The article http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/10/MNGS1GOICK.DTL stated, ‘Demartini was also the DMV employee who spurned a transgender woman’s application to change her name and gender in August 2009 and told her that “God will send you to hell.” A DMV regional administrator apologized to the woman for the employee’s “unprofessional and disrespectful behavior” in a letter two weeks later and promised to use the incident as a “learning experience for all employees.”‘

    In other words, there was a written apology for an incident involving the same jerk in 2009, but that letter of apology went to someone else.

  • Renata

    “two weeks after Yust received the letter a DMV administrator wrote her a letter of apology and said the incident would be a “learning experience for all employees.”

    It certainly will be, when the DMV settles for an undisclosed amount.’

    LOL, I agree, it certainly will be. Good luck Amber, my very best to you, and I’m sorry you had to go through all the crap.

    @randy: Oh, why even bother, you worthless piece of &*%$&*

  • j

    @randy: Dear Randy,

    looking forward to when your looks go and you start to fade away; when no man will touch you because of your vapid personality.

    Yours sincerely, your newest and dearest friend.
    father time

  • Ted C.

    @missanthrope: Oh shut up, Randy. I doubt your a cover model yourself.

  • Kaley

    Hey! They ain’t fooling me. This is nothing more than a wacky publicity stunt by the Giants and Tim Lincecum.

    But what the hey, They won the World Series!

    ~Kaley~

  • Ben

    Has anyone else looked up the Most Holy Family Monastery? It’s a sedevacantist Catholic splinter. They believe that every pope sine John XXIII has been an anti-pope, a pretender to the papacy. The movement denounces modernism and Vatican II.
    These are crazy people.

  • Zoe Brain

    “What’s more, the DMV had kept the employee on in 2009 even after he refused to process another transgender woman’s name-change application”

    So the DMV is liable too for keeping this guy on – and not watching him to make sure he doesn’t violate the law again.

  • eileen

    This is to Randy, you are an ignorant nasty person. Amber can is beautiful inside and out. She will only become more beautiful and you will only become MORE IGNORANT. Right on Amber. You are doing what you need to do for yourself. Keep on girl, keep on.

  • Marlene

    @Syl: For want of a better word: AMEN!

  • Shelley

    Randy, go f*c, er, what the point.
    I don’t need to even see your picture to realize you are one ugly MF.

  • Rogi Riverstone

    someone’s gonna get some cool cash for xmas! Is she single???? ;)

  • Meghan Vaughan

    Amber, darling, I don’t know where you are, but I’m thinking good thoughts about you! I’m so sorry that this happened, and I’m so glad for your courage! Stay strong! There is a lot of love in this world, sadly there’s just some people who are too stupid to accept it.

  • Hortense and Her Enormous Brown Eyes

    Why are you not e-bombing this Thomas Demartini person into Internet submission?

  • Truthspeaker

    @missanthrope
    @Ted C.

    Randy’s not being polite about it, but he’s right. Amber was a decent looking man, and is currently a very unfortunate looking trans. I hope she’s getting on hormones soon.

  • Meghan Vaughan

    I’d like to add, I draw pornography for a living, have done some fetish modeling, and I have never been able to figure out why one human being feels they have the right to suggest even in the slightest how another human being should appear physically. I’ve also worked in a nursing home, and we all get pretty ugly in the end. You’d just better hope the people there don’t judge you on your look.

  • Anony Mouse

    She doesn’t even look feminine. Like if she wanted to be female, she should at least pluck her brows.

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