October 16, 2007

"D.C. Police Chief Orders More Respect for Transgender Arrestees"

From the Washington Post

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier issued a departmental general order today directing her officers how to deal respectfully with transgender people. The order "sets the highest standards in the nation," according to the DC Trans Coalition, made up of members of the District's transgender community.

According to the article, the new standards include:
  • referring to trans folks by the gender they present
  • designate trans folks as "at risk" to show that they may experience hostility from others, and allow them their separate cell
  • arrestees determine their own gender

1 comment:

icarus said...

that's great! go DC!