In South Carolina a 16 year old who dressed and wore make-up as a female, 24/7, was
forced to remove his make-up or not get his driver's license.
This issue here is the need of the government to prevent disguise because a drivers license is a valid form of identification vs. the need of a person's valid form of gender identity and expression. Both entities have valid and compelling requirements. I see no reason why the state cannot be flexible enough to accommodate both.
In California, I believe there is a non discrimination law that covers sexual identity and expression and it does not materially hamper the government weeding out those who would defraud using a disguise. They probably do not have this same law in South Carolina. In this case the DMV was doing their job and the boy took off the make-up.
In the U.S., the pursuit of happiness is a unique right non existent in most other countries. This child is not a distraction but I feel is honestly following his heart and soul. It is not theatrical or a statement of defiance or weird lifestyle. I personally believe the state should accommodate him.
The remedy is being handled correctly in a law suit so the constitutionality of the question can be settled. I am happily the child's mom supports him and is fighting back in a legal manner. He will forever remember his mom's support.