Trans police officer was banned from trans memorial event because of uniform

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Transgender woman serving in police was not allowed to take part in pro-trans event due to the uniform she wore. The event in San Diego was set up to mark the annual Transgender Day of Awareness. Christine Garcia was one of the first officers to come out as transgender and helped to plan the event as she arranged and helped with the security during a commemorative march.The march ended with an event at the LGBT community centre, where she was turned away because her uniform could have upset some people in attendance. The center’s officials have already brought their apologies to officer Garcia, describing the incident as misunderstanding.

The chief exectuive of the centre, Delores Jacobs, said: “We do not wish to ever make any community member feel unwelcome … these officers are valued members of our community.” While we need to support those that are uncomfortable and honour their reactions to valid and understandable difficult previous experiences, we also need to explain that our LGBTQ San Diego police liaisons are a valued part of our community.”

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