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On September 9, 2015 Louisiana cited a policy from 1986 to deny issuing a replacement ID to Alexandra Glover, born Dylan Glover. The motor vehicle policy from 1986 states “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.”

Herein lies the problem Alexandra is NOT misrepresenting her identity. Gender is not determined by one’s sexual organs but by the mind and spirit of the person. For Alexandra and thousands of other Trans people she is her true self when she presents as Alexandra. The fact the she was born a male named Dylan is irrelevant to her and should be irrelevant to everyone else. She is Alexandra Glover to herself and should have the right to identify as such with an ID that matches her identity. After all isn’t that what an ID is for?

The Philadelphia Center does not endorse misrepresentation or think that individuals should be allowed to mislead others in drivers license photos. This is not the intent of transgender individuals. In fact the opposite is true, they are simply trying to be who they truly are.

The Trans community suffers daily from bullying, harassment, discrimination, and often violence that most cannot comprehend. It is not Alexandra Glover misrepresenting herself, it is society that is misrepresenting Alexandra Glover. The Louisiana OMV has not only done  Alexandra Glover an injustice but all Louisianians. Where is Ms. Glover’s freedom of expression?

The time has come to make changes to this outdated policy that will accommodate the trans community in our state.

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