When Andrea Jones of Tennessee went into the DMV and tried to change her sex status from male to female, she was told no.
She is currently undergoing gender reassignment surgery and did what she was legally supposed to do in addressing a government agency with the appropriate documents in order to change her sex status. She was turned away.
Tennessee law for the Department of Safety (DS) states that she can change her gender once she has a statement from a doctor stating that a full sex change has occurred (pdf). Ms. Jones has a letter stating she no longer has testicles. The DMV said that it was not quite the same thing. Ms. Jones pointed out that the Social Security Office recognizes her as a woman.
So she went outside the DMV office and promptly took off her shirt in the parking lot, which is legal for men, but not women. She was promptly cited and arrested, even though the police referred to her as Mr. Jones in the police report.
Jones began yelling that the state of Tennessee had to choose whether they wanted to treat her as a man or a woman. ”It’s not right for the state to ask me to be both male and female,”¯ Jones told local TV station WATE 6. “A choice needs to be made. They cannot hold me to both standards.” Watch the interview here.
Ms. Jones is now asking the State to make a consistent ruling in regards to how they will treat her. Male, or female?