MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A local transgender woman arrested for indecent exposure in the Morristown Driver's License Office parking lot says she took her shirt off to fight for her rights.
Andrea Jones says she is a woman, but the state won't change her sex from male to female on her driver's license.
"It's not right for the state to ask me to be both male and female. A choice needs to be made. They cannot hold me to both standards," Jones said.
Jones, a transgender woman, had a partial sex change and says that was all the Social Security office needed to switch her paperwork from male to female.
"What I had was a statement from a surgeon saying I no longer had my testicles," Jones said.
However, she says the Tennessee Department of Safety informed her she'd need more proof to make the same change on her driver's license.
When she was denied, she says she decided to make a statement by taking her shirt off in the parking lot.
The police report says, "Mr. Jones continued to yell that he had the right to show his breasts in public and wanted to be recognized as a female."
"If I was a male, I had the right to, when I stepped out the door, take off my shirt," Jones explained.
In response to our inquiry, the Tennessee Department of Safety says they'll change the sex on a license "if an applicant presents a doctor's statement indicating that a full sex change has occurred and the procedure is complete."
So without the state's definition of a full sex change, Jones will remain a female to social security and a male to the department of safety.
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 10:19 PM EST Updated: Nov 15, 2011 10:18 AM EST
By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter