New Chicago Police Policy Advances Treatment for Transgender People
September 4, 2012 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Specialist
After two years of pressure from a coalition of LGBT advocates, the Chicago Police Department has adopted a general order mandating more respectful treatment for transgender detainees.
The policy has been described as a “huge step forward” by Jennifer Ritter of the Lakeview Action Coalition, one of the driving groups behind the order.
The order will ensure police use the preferred names and pronouns for transgender detainees. It further bans derogatory language against trans people and the use of someone's gender identity as assumed cause for a crime.
While some feel the new policy is still overly reliant on government-issued identification, the order does require that officers transport and jail transgender people alone when possible and give them access to hormones they are taking.
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