Amber Yust, Transgendered Woman Threatened By DMV Employee, Receives $55,000 Settlement

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On Monday, lawyers for Amber Yust — the 23-year-old transgendered woman who received a threatening letter from a San Francisco DMV employee last year — announced that Yust will receive a $55,000 settlement for her case, according to SFGate.

In October, Yust received a scathing, fire-and-brimstone letter from Thomas Demartini, the DMV clerk who had processed the sex change on her driver's license four days before. The letter informed her that her gender change was a "very evil decision" and that "the homosexual act is an abomination that leads straight to hell," according to SF Weekly.

According to Yust, Demartini expressed no objection to her application when she filed it in person at the Fell Street office. But days later, Yust received Demartini's letter at home, along with a DVD movie from the Most Holy Family Monastery fundamentalist church, warning that homosexuals must be put to death.

Yust filed suit and will receive a $55,000 settlement, including $40,000 from the state for violating her privacy and civil rights, and $15,000 from Demartini who resigned from the DMV in December after a paid suspension.

Yust's attorney, Christopher Dolan, celebrated the decision, telling SFGate that "this suit promotes the privacy rights of all Californians by ensuring that confidential information retained by our government stays confidential."

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