I had the pleasure to assist the Atlanta Police Department (APD) LGBT Liaison in training a recruit class for the APD. The training, which is called Transgender Interaction Scenarios, consisted of different role play arrest or non-arrest interactions with a police offer and a member of the transgender community. The training is put in place to ensure that they will be respectful in body searches, pronoun usage, etc. once they get out into the field.
The Deputy Attorney General of the United States (and former US Attorney here in Atlanta), Sally Yates, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, traveled to Atlanta, GA, on behalf of the United States Department of Justice to conduct a Justice Forum where local law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community advocates, students, and clergy, gathered to discuss the continued efforts to solidify the relationships and trust between law enforcement and the community.
I was honored to be invited to participate in the roundtable discussion as a representation for the LGBTQ+ community to provide perspectives and recommendations on our behalf. I was able to address a few issues including the following primary concerns: 1) to ensure the Atlanta officials were taking the proper steps to ensure that no one within our community would fall victim to another Pulse nightclub horrific incident, and 2) to ensure that in dealings (of any kind) with the police force that we remain properly treated AND respected at all times.
Presented by Fort Valley State University's Student Government Association (SGA)