Trying to Turn California into Mississippi, One Crypto-Christianist (Damn-Well-Better-be-Soon-to-be-Former) DMV Employee at a Time [UPDATED]

From KGO-TV:

A hate-filled letter sent to a San Francisco transgender woman has prompted an investigation at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The anti-gay letter claims to have been written by a DMV clerk who assisted the woman at the San Francisco branch last week.The usually painful experience at the DMV became a traumatic one last week for Amber Yust. A transgender woman, Yust went to the San Francisco branch to legally change her name on her driver’s license.

A few days later a letter was mailed to her house. The writer claims to be the DMV clerk who helped her and then went on to say being transgender is “evil.” He urged her not to go through with the transition from man to woman. He said Yust is going to hell.

“Understandably, I think, she was scared to get a letter sent to her home from a state employee who presumably found out her address through his official capacity as a state employee and it was an incredibly harassing and traumatizing experience for her,” Kristina Wertz, legal director of the Transgender Law Center, said.

If I can find the full text of the terroristic threat (and, though christianists will never admit it, that’s what it was), I’ll post it.  However, here are some screen snaps from the video of that KGO story.  Some of the angles are kinda weird – and I think there’s at least one paragraph of it (between the last paragraph shown here and the insidious salutation) that was not clearly on screen enough to get even an oddball shot of it – but here is enough for you to get the idea:

I hereby preemptively declare that what I’m about to say is not hyperbole.

This is terrorism, pure and simple.

From this point forward, there is no reason for any trans person in California not to believe that whatever DMV-oid that they deal with regarding name/gender changes isn’t going to illegally access their demographic information and, at the very least, do something like this.

But we all know what will be next, right?

A new subfolder on Lou Sheldon’s website exposing the private information from the DMV files of all people who have changed their gender markers in California.

And we all know what will come after that, right?

‘Mysterious’ e-mails featuring the URL of specific pages within that subfolder will magically find their way into the e-mail boxes of certain employers.

And certain landlords.

And we all know what happens to trans people who are outed to their employers – even in states that have laws allowing trans people to combat employment and housing discrimination.

Thomas is a terrorist.

He should be treated as such – by the state of California and by anyone who might be unfortunate enough to be in the same general space with him.

Thomas is a terrorist.

His goal is to destroy the lives of trans people – either by screwing with their minds to make them abort their transitions, or perhaps by direct violence or perhaps by whatever else will be the reasonably-expected result from disclosing confidential information about trans people.

Thomas is a terrorist.

He’s the type of person that christianist elected officials give preference to in hiring (Monica Goodling? Brad Schlozman?) and who illegally attempt to make the taxpayer-funded secular government a plaything of the neo-Torquemada crowd.

Thomas is a terrorist.

If the State of California does not prosecute this sickening excuse for a human being to the fullest extent of the law, then all laws on the books in California purporting to offer protection to trans people are lies.

[UPDATE]

In the comments section over at Queerty, Gina has posted what appears to be the full text of the letter:

“On Thursday, October 21, 2010, I helped you get a driver’s license or ID card at the San Francisco DMV. I noticed that you were changing your name and had supporting documents for the change. As I recall one of these documents outlined something to do with a gender change.

I have learned that the reason for the vast majority of gender change operations is the client’s homosexual orientation. The homosexual act is an abomination that leads to hell. “If anyone lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination; let them be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:13) “Do not err; neither … the effeminate nor liers with mankind … shall possess the Kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) The homosexual act is one of the sins that “cries to heaven for vengeance.” Supporting those who commit this act and encouraging and justifying those who have the orientation also lead one to hell.

Romans 1:21-32 explains how the homosexual orientation is connected with worshiping visible things in the world rather than the One Who created them. If this orientation is the reason for an operation that has yet to occur (or is in the process), I beg you — DO NOT GO THROUGH WITH IT!

You can see that I do not support gender change operations. Consider Genesis 1:27: “Male and female he [God] created them”; and then Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh…” Jesus clearly prohibits gender change operations. If an operation like this is the reason for changing one’s name, then one has made a very evil decision.

Although I helped you with the name change, I have to say I do not support the reason for it if it relates to the above. If it does I must say I do not approve of this name change, and I also do not believe the state’s recognition of it — through official documents — makes it legitimate or any less evil.

Please take a look at http://www.vaticancatholic.com. This website has critical information for your salvation and much more on many other topics.

In Charity,
Thomas”

4 Responses to Trying to Turn California into Mississippi, One Crypto-Christianist (Damn-Well-Better-be-Soon-to-be-Former) DMV Employee at a Time [UPDATED]

  1. Kathy says:

    With the level of harassment, threats, assaults, and murders of trans women – it’s little wonder my brother wants me to buy a gun.

  2. Zoe Brain says:

    Vaticancatholic.com is am internet Kook site.

    Basically, more catholic than the pope (because he’s not really the pope, but an heretic, and Vatican II an abomination).

    I’d really want some good evidence that this document is genuine. Then we can prosecute. But right now, all he has to do is deny, deny, deny, and there’s no proof. Such a letter could have been sent by anyone in the DMV for example, he genuinely could be innocent.

    • Kathy says:

      The list of suspects should be fairly small at the DMV – access logs would show who there might have knowledge of the victims personal information and address. If the perp left a fingerprint or used a printer that can be matched back to them – it would tie it down pretty clearly. Though I doubt a personnel investigation would go into such detail & it doesn’t seem to have been reported to the police.

      The only other possibilities are the victim herself or any friends who knew she was going to the DMV. Both of which seem much, much less likely to me.

    • Katrina Rose says:

      Vaticancatholic.com is am internet Kook site.

      So are the sites run by Lou Sheldon, Porno Pete, James Dobson and Brian Camenker. They have their effects on public discourse.

      Yes, its possible that the story here could be different than what it appears – but the christianist dominionists in this country are getting more and more obnoxious, and far more bold about the degree to which they feel that secular government is their personal plaything.

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