In Ft. Lauderdale, a transgender filed a complaint against the city for a police officer who identified the biological male to be listed as “male” on the citation that was given. The transgender was furious that his driver’s licence, which says “female,” was not used instead.
The officer remarked: “Well, for the purposes of this citation, you’re a male.”
Since the complaint has been issued, the city of Ft. Lauderdale is now looking to require that all police officers should take a transgender sensitivity course and sign off on watching the video.
As our ACH writer Barry Dillinger wrote: “…the fact that this man was “misgendered” correctly (anatomically speaking) is much more important to other officers who have been called to the scene to deal with a perpetrator. Imagine if the responding officers had arrived believing that the perpetrator was a female, only to allow this old man to leave the scene because he obviously wasn’t. This needs to be considered as an officer and public safety issue; nothing else. When we have to continually create new phrases and words to identify a new identity, we’ve gone too far.”
What do you think? Has this gone too far? Should police officers be required to take a transgender sensitivity course?
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