Three transgender people sued an Alabama state agency on Tuesday, alleging its policy requiring proof of gender surgery to change the gender indicator on driver’s licenses was discriminatory. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union said the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s policy denied transgender people access to identification, and applicants were forced to release medical information to get driver’s licenses. “Anyone who is eligible for a license should be able to get one that they can use without sacrificing their privacy, safety, health, autonomy or dignity,” ACLU lawyer Gabriel Arkles said on a conference call with reporters.
A spokeswoman for the state law enforcement agency did not respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office said by email it had no comment.
One of the plaintiffs, Darcy Corbitt, said she had been publicly humiliated when she applied for a driver’s license in August. A clerk loudly discussed her gender identity in a crowded license office and at one point called Corbitt “it,” she said.
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