US trans community urged to join police after Trump military ban

Transgender people encouraged to work with police after Donald Trump's military ban

Protests against the transgender military ban have taken place

Friday, August 4, 2017

US police forces and councils are now encouraging transgender people to work for them after Donald Trump announced they could not serve in the military.

The US President announced the ban on transgender people in a series of tweets last month, saying the military can't be burdened with "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

Cincinnati councillor Chris Seelbach said during a protest: "If you are dismissed from our military because of who you are, know that you are welcome in the city of Cincinnati and our police department."

Austin mayor Steve Adler tweeted that those removed from the military as a result of being transgender should apply to work at the Austin Police Department.

He wrote: “If you’re qualified to keep our country safe, you’re qualified to keep Austin safe. Austin is the safest big city in Texas partly because we know our differences make us a stronger community.”

The department already employs a transgender person called Gregory Abbink who said the department was very supportive and he has been treated with “dignity and respect,” according to The New York Times.

Others who tweeted offering transgender people the opportunity of work with the police included chief Art Acevedo, from the Houston Police Department, and chief Nick Metz from the Aurora Police Department.

Acevedo said during an interview that the response to his offer has been positive. He also led the Austin Police Department whilst Abbink transitioned and said: "It was something near and dear to my heart because I lived it through Greg and the Austin PD.

"His appearance might have changed on the outside, but on the inside, he was the same ethical, committed, hardworking, respected police officer as his entire career."