The biggest American sheriff’s department gets trans-inclusive

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An LAPD officer holds hands with a Sheriff's Deputy as they march during 2016 Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood, California on June 12, 2016. Security for the tightened in the aftermath of the deadly shootings June 12 at the Pulse, a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. / AFP / Mark Ralston (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The largest sheriff’s department in the US has issued new transgender-interacting guidelines which are aimed to help the officers in dealing with trans and gender non-confirming people. On Tuesday, Lietenant Don Mueller said the policy was simply meant to reinforce the currently-existing trans-inclusive practices. Among other things, the policy bans deputies from asking people about their transition process. It also prohibits offensive comments. Deputies are also now banned from disclosing to non-law enforcement staff that someone is transgender. It also dictates that trans or gender non-conforming people can specify the gender of the deputy conducting strip searches. Similar trans-inclusive policies are already provided by many other police departments in the country, in part New York and Los Angeles

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