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NYPD Announces New Trans Policy

The NYPD has announced a new policy for interacting with transgender New Yorkers. Paul Schindler reports at Gay City News:
“The NYPD’s new Patrol Guide makes it clear that all people must be treated with respect,” Quinn said in a written release announcing the reforms. “I applaud Commissioner [Raymond] Kelly for working closely with the City Council and the LGBT community to create respectful, inclusive guidelines that are appropriate for transgender New Yorkers.”

The NYPD LGBT Advisory Panel –– established in 2009 after the department sustained months of criticism from the community over arrests of gay men in adult video stores that were widely seen as false arrests –– was among the honorees Quinn and fellow Council members recognized at the Cooper Union event.

The release announcing the Patrol Guide revisions quoted Kelly saying, “The changes to the Patrol Guide are significant, affecting more than 12 separate Patrol Guide provisions. The changes range from establishing search procedures for transgender arrestees to requiring officers to address arrestees by their preferred name. Senior members of my staff worked closely with representatives from the LGBT community to draft these changes, and I applaud their work.”

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