Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-05-24
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Transgender ordinance introduced in City Council
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2012-03-14

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Ald. Proco Joe Moreno has introduced an ordinance to City Council aimed at easing problems within the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) in handling transgender detainees.

Moreno introduced the ordinance March 14, after nearly two years of advocacy by local transgender activists.

The ordinance would mandate that CPD adopt a policy for handling transgender detainees and would create oversight by the city's Human Relations and Public safety committees.

The ordinance comes after years of complaints from transgender people who have reported being harassed by CPD officers.

Last month, a Chicago transgender woman filed a federal lawsuit against the Town of Cicero over similar complaints. According to the complaint, Bianca Feliciano was stopped by police under suspicion that she was engaged in sex work, without reasonable cause. The complaint alleges that police verbally taunted her because of her gender identity, refusing to use her legal name and referring to her with male pronouns.

Moreno has said that he hopes the ordinance will ease distrust transgender people feel towards police in Chicago.

"It's a human-rights issue," Moreno previously told Windy City Times, adding that the ordinance is intended to address a "hole in the policy of the police of Chicago."

Similar policies have been implemented in other cities, most notably in Washington D.C., which has an active transgender coalition. But the D.C. policy has largely failed to keep police accountable, according to activists. In late February, the DC Trans Coalition announced that they would testify before the DC Council Judiciary Committee that police had not followed through with the promise to keep transgender detainees safe and solve anti-transgender murders.

"We have concluded that a culture of anti-trans bias within [ the police department ] is at the root cause of these persistent challenges," the coalition said in a statement. "This intrinsic bias against trans people manifests itself in several ways."

Transgender people have reported being denied access to hormones while behind bars as well as being placed according to their birth gender in jail and prison facilities, sometimes putting them at risk for violence.

Lakeview Action Coalition ( LAC ) began talks about writing a CPD policy approximately two years ago, after receiving a report for a transgender woman who claimed she had been arrested under suspicion of soliciting sex while she was actually grocery shopping. LAC has been in meetings working on the policy itself, while other activists have been pushing for the city ordinance.

The LGBT Citywide Coalition, which is made up of more than 30 groups, has signed on in support of the ordinance. Nearly 80 organizations in total are backing the ordinance.

An original draft of the ordinance mandated the created of a mayoral-appointed commission to oversee CPD handling of a transgender policy. That commission would have contained both police and transgender advocates. The initial draft, however was abandoned in favor of an ordinance that placed oversight within the council. Moreno said the shift represented a compromise that cut down on bureaucracy and cost.

Moreno said he expects the ordinance to pass after a full hearing with transgender individuals and advocates.

"We have some education to do out on the floor," he said.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Illinois House Passes Bill to Modernize State's Birth Certificate Law 2017-05-26 - SPRINGFIELD — A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed ...


Gay News

'March on McDonald's' ahead of Company's Shareholder Meeting 2017-05-24 - CHICAGO —Thousands of workers fighting for $15 an hour and union rights, joined by members of more than a dozen groups at the ...


Gay News

Activist reflects on Berwyn's LGBT transformation 2017-05-24 - Activist Ted Korbos said "he could never have dreamed" that, 22 years after the formation of Berwyn United Gay and Lesbian Organization ( ...


Gay News

National roundup: Joe Biden, Texas bills, trans woman murdered 2017-05-23 - Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's ( DNC's ) annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, according ...


Gay News

141 Men Arrested in Gay Sauna in Indonesia 2017-05-22 - On May 21, Indonesian authorities arrested 141 men, claiming they were engaging in a "gay sex party" at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in ...


Gay News

Homicide of Imer Alvarado, in Fresno, California possible hate violence 2017-05-22 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the possible hate-violence homicide of Imer Alvarado on the night of ...


Gay News

Working In America Lunch with Ai-jen Poo, Dir. Domestic Worker's Alliance 2017-05-22 - Working In America will hold a last Working Lunch with Ai-jen Poo, Director of Domestic Worker's Alliance, Thursday, May 25. 11:45am-1:30pm at Harold ...


Gay News

Sherrell Faulkner, Black transgender woman, killed in Charlotte, North Carolina 2017-05-22 - NCAVP mourns the homicide of Sherrell Faulkner, a Black transgender woman killed in Charlotte, North Carolina; the11th reported killing of a transgender person ...


Gay News

Family-law firm forges new LGBT partnership 2017-05-21 - With the freedom to marry won, naturally the LGBTQ community discovered that it has also come with some heavy baggage including everything from ...


Gay News

Gay teacher fired after being outed by students 2017-05-18 - Democratic candidate for Congress Marie Newman, who will be challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-CHicago) in the 2018 elections, on May 19, ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.