CHICAGO
02/22/2012 04:34 pm ET

Chicago Police Department Transgender Ordinance To Be Introduced By Ald. Joe Moreno

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times:

After more than two years of pushing by local organizations, Ald. Proco Joe Moreno is poised to introduce a transgender police ordinance to the City Council next month.

According to a fact sheet put out by veteran activist Rick Garcia and Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), the ordinance will mandate a policy for interacting with transgender detainees and set up a mayoral-appointed commission to oversee the treatment of transgender arrestees.

"It's a human rights issue," said Moreno, who added that the ordinance is intended to address a "hole in the policy of the police of Chicago."

The policy comes after years of complaints from transgender people who have reported being harassed or misgendered by police officers.

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