A transgender woman in California has filed a claim for $25,000 against the Department of Motor Vehicles, claiming her civil rights and privacy were violated after the clerk who processed her application sent her a letter at home "calling her gender change a 'very evil decision' that would condemn her to hell," the AP's Lisa Leff reports:
She received the letter addressed to her old name, David, four days later. It identified the writer as the person who processed Yust's application.
"Although I helped you with the name change, I have to say I do not support the reason for it," says the letter, signed with only a first name and typed on plain paper. "I also do not believe the state's recognition of it – through official documents – makes it legitimate or any less evil."
Yust alleges the clerk used a state database to find her home address. She said she also received a pamphlet from a New York-based conservative Catholic ministry to whom she thinks the DMV clerk furnished her address.
The DMV refused to comment, but said it has been investigating Yust's claim.