DMV Employee Responds To Trans Driver’s Name Change Request With Biblical Scripture Letter

Things I hate about the DMV: Having to make an appointment to get my license renewed, only to show up and find out I’ll still be forced into a two-hour wait; joining the blue line, only to realize I’m supposed to be in the red line, because blue is for new registrations; your screaming baby. But I guess I’d take any of those things than going to the DMV and encountering an employee who thinks I’m an abomination because I’m transgender, and then writing me a personal letter about it.

A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee is accused of sending a letter to the home of a Bay Area transgender woman calling her “an abomination” and telling her that she is going to hell. A press release from the San Francisco Transgender Law Center claims that Amber Yust, a transgender woman living in San Francisco, went to the San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this month to change her name on her driver’s license.

Last Monday, Yust received a letter from the person who had processed her name change at the DMV. In the letter, which had been mailed to her at home, the DMV employee quoted from the Bible and stated that Yust had made a “very evil decision.” The strongly-worded letter told Yust that she was “an abomination” and said that homosexuals should be put to death.

Though on further reconsideration, I will let any DMV employee write me any letter they want to if it lets me skip the line. [Cal Coast News]