BART (California) police have become one of the first police departments in the country to implement a specific policy governing interactions with transgender individuals. No specific problem or complaint spurred the creation of the new policy, but police officials decided to create the policy in an effort to strengthen the department’s relationship with the community, according to BART.

BART Police 1 Of 1st In Nation To Implement Policy On Interactions With Transgender People « CBS San Francisco

Riverside County Sheriff's Department (USA)

California’s second biggest sheriff’s department has announced the addition of a policy addressing how the jail and corrections facility interacts with the transgender community.
The policy focuses on sensitive issues like arresting, searching and taking transgender people into custody. The policy focuses on reevaluating processes already in place because of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.  It protects inmates from sexual assault.  The new Riverside county policy adds parts about interacting with transgender people.  “It protects the LGBT community if they get detained while they determine if they committed a crime or not,” said Thomi Clinton, a transgender activist from Desert Hot Springs.
Sheriff’s department adds transgender policy _ News – Home.

Gray v. North Bergen Police Department & Holmes v. Jersey City Police Department (USA)

Attorney Kevin Costello

A transgender woman has sued the North Bergen Police Department and a transgender man has sued the Jersey City Police Department, both claiming they were discriminated against and harassed because of their gender identity.

On Sept. 7, 2013, Amira Gray, 26, of Maryland, who is a fully transitioned transgender woman, was pulled over on Paterson Plank Road by North Bergen Police Officer Alberto Berovides.

After reviewing her paperwork, the officer asked “What’s your name?” and Gray answered “Mario Haywood,” her given name, the lawsuit says. Continue reading “Gray v. North Bergen Police Department & Holmes v. Jersey City Police Department (USA)”

Avery Edison @aedison (Canada)

CaptureAvery Edison is a man (with a penis) who identifies as a woman. He recently penned a blog post  (The Best of Both Worlds – The Bygone Bureau) shaming a woman for not wanting to engage sexually with his penis.  Edison has been detained as men’s facility  in Toronto on an immigration violation. According to Edison’s Canadian common-law wife Romy Sugden, Edison overstayed a student visa last year but left voluntarily in mid-September. Edison returned to Toronto with a non-refundable return ticket and had planned to stay for three weeks to visit Sugden and speak with lawyers. He was denied entry upon landing and chronicled his ordeal on Twitter. After being detained at the airport for more than seven hours, Avery was transferred to Maplehurst Correctional Complex, a provincial men’s detention and correctional facility in Milton, Ontario.

“While she was being held there, at one point, I was told that male genitals equals male prison and it doesn’t matter,” Sugden, 27, told

Edison has a penis. It is not unreasonable to house Edison with other people with penises, whether or not his passport says “female.” Under the UK Gender Recognition Act, the law that likely enabled Edison’s “female” passport, all that is needed for a man to get a “female” passport is a note from his doctor.  Ontario, Canada, where Edison is currently housed, has similar views on the ease with which men should be allowed to become female on legal documents.

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Avery Edison, a transgender woman, sent to men’s facility in visa dispute _ canada.

Avery Edison (aedison) on Twitter.

Shaw v. D.C. (USA)


Patti Hammond Shaw of Southeast Washington said she turned herself in to officers at the Sixth District station on June 18, 2009, after she received a letter that stated there was a warrant for her arrest for filing a false police report. Shaw claims that she showed officers her identification that proved she was legally female, but they placed her in a cell in the men’s section. She further alleges that male prisoners “asked to see her vagina, breasts and buttocks.”

D.C. police subsequently remanded Shaw, who underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1999, to the custody of U.S. marshals. She said she insisted that she is a woman, but Shaw claims that they insisted she was a man and referred to her by her birth name Melvin. In a lawsuit, Shaw alleges that the male marshal who searched Shaw “groped her breasts, buttocks and between her legs repeatedly and excessively.” She further alleges that other marshals made crude comments about her breasts and gender.

In May, her lawsuit was dismissed against a few of the officers, but allowed to proceed against others. She filed an amended complaint in August, and in December, the court granted a motion for a protective order in the case.

Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S.

Shaw v. D.C.


Shaw Amicus.

Patti Shaw Files Suit Against D.C.

Patti Shaw v. Benjamin Kates, et al.

Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S.

The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People.

Paris Green (Scotland)

dParis Green, also called Peter Laing, is a man who identifies as a woman. He has a penis. He is also a convicted murderer. In deference to his feelings, the court sentenced him to serve his sentence in Cornton Vale prison for women. He will also receive a taxpayer-funded sex change.


Murderer born a man sentenced to life in a women’s prison after arranging sex change on taxpayers’ money _ Mail Online.

Three people charged with Glenrothes murder – Fife _ Local _ News _ The Courier.

Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (Canada)

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police have released a best practices document – the first of its kind in Canada – to help police services address issues of importance to members of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities across the province.  The document, titled Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario, specifically addresses the issue of strip searches for transgender individuals.

In Forrester v. Peel (Regional Municipality) Police Services Board, 2006 HRTO 13, Rosalyn Forrester brought an Ontario Human Rights Code complaint against the Peel Police Services Board alleging discrimination in services on the basis of sex. Forrester is a transgender woman who claimed she was questioned, mocked, incarcerated, and inappropriately strip-searched following a series of arrests. The police denied her requests that female officers perform these searches. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, at para. 476 of the decision, held that a trans-identified detainee should be offered one of three options prior to conducting a strip-search:

» male officer(s) only
» female officer(s) only
» a split search (male and female officer(s), depending on the area of the body being searched).

The Tribunal explained that, prior to conducting the strip search, an officer must outline the process, take notes before conducting the search including the choice made by a trans detainee, and notify his or her Officer-in-Charge who will authorize the strip search. The Tribunal also stated that, if the detainee becomes a security risk during the course of the strip search, then any officers present may be permitted to take steps to protect themselves and other detainees, as well as to maintain order.

These circumstances must be documented by the Officer-in-Charge of the Division. Since the release of the decision in 2006, a number of police services throughout the province, including the Peel Regional Police Service and the Toronto Police Service, have developed policies that comply with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s decision in Forrester.

Nowhere in the document is there any recognition of the imposition on female police officers being required to search male-bodied people.

OACP Media Release LGBTQ best practices document.

Ontario police chiefs release LGBTQ guidelines for forces.

OACP LGBTQ final Nov2013.

Daryl Banks @sophiaphotos (Canada)

daryl-banks-photographer-108Daryl Banks, a man who thinks he’s a woman, discussed here and here, recently attempted to call the police because a lesbian in the United States called him a man.  According to Banks, the Toronto Police doubted his name was Sophia. Banks’ case demonstrates that “misgendering,” whereby people use “the wrong pronoun” or otherwise correctly identify your birth sex, is not a criminal offense.


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Dewayne Kelly (USA)

Morrisville, New Jersey police pulled over a car in which Dewayne Kelly, a transgender man, was a passenger. Police asked Kelly for identification, and Kelly allegedly claimed to have a New Jersey driver’s license.  However, Kelly could not produce such identification, which led police to search his handbag. In the handbag, police allegedly discovered identification with Kelly’s female birth name, and Kelly attempted to flee. Police chased him down and pepper sprayed him during the arrest.  Police charged Kelly with assault of a law enforcement officer, simple assault, providing false identification to law enforcement, disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest.

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