To begin with, the BMV stands for “Bureau of Motor Vehicles” here in Ohio. Because of social distancing and other factors, the fun filled wait to renew any number of personal or motor vehicle licenses can be completed at the “BMV.”
Because I wasn’t really pressed for time, I decided to wait for the middle of the month and go early in the morning. Unfortunately there were many other people thinking the same way. Of course I was optimistic and didn’t use the call ahead option either, so I spent nearly two hours of my life I will never get back waiting for my turn.
Through the whole experience I couldn’t help but feel the same gender dysphoric feelings I have felt in the past. Would I get called “sir” or asked any other inappropriate questions. As it turned out, my anxiety was wasted. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. I had my vision checked, answered a few questions and was soon seated for my lovely drivers license picture, which I won’t get to see for at least two weeks.
As I sat and waited, I remembered back four years ago when I got my first license which said female on it and how proud I was when I got to use it to vote. Since normally I can’t remember what happened last week, my license will always be a way to remember when I changed my legal gender markers.
Maybe it was all worth the wait at the “BMV”. A couple hours was sure starting to feel like a whole day.