'Homosexual act is an abomination that leads to hell': Department of Motor Vehicles employee’s letter to transsexual
A women who had just completed a transgender operation and informed the Department of Motor Vehicles so they could update their records was allegedly sent an aggressive, homophobic letter that condemned her to hell.
The employee responsible for the letter, who worked for the DMV for two years, has resigned and will not receive benefits or unemployment.
Amber Yust, 23, received the missive after she went to a San Francisco DMV office in October having successfully changed her name from David to Amber and updated the gender on her license.
Hell: Amber Yust, who has just undergone a sex change, poses for a photo outside of the Department of Motor Vehicles office in San Francisco
According to Miss Yust and her lawyer, who have requested a restraining order, the DMV employee used her confidential personal information to send the letter to her home address.
'I have learned that the reason for the vast majority of gender change operations is the client's homosexual orientation,' the letter dated October 22 read.
'The homosexual act is an abomination that leads to hell.'
The writer also said the state's recognition of the name change is 'evil'.
Miss Yust said of the letter: 'How could anyone trust a DMV employee who is willing to do that?’
The DMV employee was initially placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.
Yust's attorney said the employee should have been fired, instead of being allowed to resign.
Miss Yust said she was also sent a pamphlet from a church, which she said contained offensive material directed at her sexual orientation and gender.
She said the church is mentioned in the DMV employee's letter as 'critical information for your salvation'.
Miss Yust's lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said the employee refused to assist another transgender person in 2009 but kept his job.
The DMV did order staff training and an acting regional administrator apologised to that woman, according to a letter in Mr Dolan's possession.
Director of the California DMV, George Valverde, said of the latest case: ‘This was an individual act by one employee whose actions were outside the course and scope of his duties and are expressly prohibited by department policy.
'All employees of the department are required to sign a statement acknowledging their understanding of the proper and appropriate uses of private, confidential information.
‘The department regrets that the alleged event occurred, and is pursuing any and all appropriate disciplinary action.'
The request for a restraining order said the employee should stay away from and not mail anything else to Miss Yust.
Mr Dolan also has filed a damage claim with the state, saying Miss Yust suffered embarrassment and emotional distress. It asks for damages in excess of $25,000.
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