Posted By Eric Ethington on March 29, 2011
UPDATE: Utah DMV Sits down with victim of trans-discrimination, pledges improvement. See HERE
Salt Lake City, Utah – Over the weekend, PRIDEinUtah brought you the story of a Transgender woman who was mocked and ridiculed at a local DMV. Now the Drivers License Division is claiming that no such discrimination or humiliation happened, but the victim is speaking out and saying otherwise.
Over the weekend, we posted the horrifying story of a transgender woman who was mocked, laughed at, and forced to scrub off her makeup before she was allowed to get her photo taken to renew her drivers license. But in an article by the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday, the Utah Drivers License Division is claiming that not only did their employees not laugh or ridicule this Transgender woman, but that they have video to prove it.Local Transgender Advocacy Group, “TEA of Utah” was allowed to view security footage and they reported to the Trib that they did not witness any behavior out of the ordinary.
But now the victim is stepping up, and has identified herself as Regina Audette. Here’s what she had to say last night:
I was the transgender female who was asked to scrub my make up off so they could took my photo. Well it was Thursday afternoon and my brother and I went to get my ID at the DMV at the Fairgrounds and the assistant supervisor and the security officer was laughing at me and so it was my turn to get my picture taken and so I gave them the… proper paperwork and they looked at it told me they need to talk to the supervisor who pulled me in her office and told me to remove my make up because I was altering my identification and so I took the make up off and they took the picture and while I was waiting the assistant supervisor was yelling that wasnt a female that is a man and making the situation that much worse and then my brother and I went to talk to the supervisor and she said that they wernt making fun of us he had to itch his ass and didnt want to do it in front of me and that was their excuse on why they were laughing.
I don’t know about you, but I will take the word of the victim and an eye-witness over the agency in question any day. The security footage shown could have been from any day, and not only that but TEA of Utah has confirmed to us that the security footage didn’t actually have audio.
The Drivers License Division has received hundreds of complaints so far. Don’t let them stop now! We also have learned that the Supervisor who refused to identify himself to Amber is John Fairbanks. His contact info is below.
Office Phone: 801-965-4802
Or his bosses:
Utah Drivers License Division
1-800-222-0038 or 801-965-4437