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Chicago Police Will Use Correct Names, Genders For Trans, Nonconforming People Under New Policy

The Police Department wants residents to comment on changes to its policy. Public comment is open through June 25.

A Chicago Police patch seen on an officer in February 2020.
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CHICAGO — People have two weeks to weigh in on changes to the Police Department’s updated policies for officers interacting with members of the LGBTQ community.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Supt. David Brown announced a revised draft policy for police officers’ interactions with transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming people on Thursday. The policy will be open for public comment through June 25.

Some changes made to the policy:

  • Requiring officers to use a person’s name and gender identity as expressed, clarified or requested by the individual.
  • Establishing a nonbinary gender marker on department reports.
  • Allowing gender-expansive people to express a preference regarding the gender of officers conducting protective pat-downs.
  • Allowing people who are arrested to state a preference for which type of holding facility, male or female, they feel safer in.
  • Prohibiting department members from publicly disclosing a person’s deadname if there has been a name change.
  • Prohibiting department members from publicly disclosing a person is transgender unless doing so is necessary for a law enforcement objective.

People can review the entire revised policy and submit comments or feedback online.

Police collaborated with LGBTQ advocacy organizations when revising the policy, including the ACLU of Illinois, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Pride Action Tank, Equality Illinois and Howard Brown Health.

The final revised policy is expected to be finished by the end of June, police said.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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