Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, are being given a lesson in how to not “misgender” people they interact with.
“If you would’ve told me 25 years ago that I’d be having this conversation with you I would say ‘no we’re not,” Chief Anthony Holloway told USA Today. “But again times are changing and we need to change with the times.”
The three-page order informs the officers that the name and gender on a government ID are not as important as the names people wishes to be called and the gender they claim to identify with.
The subject was the result of a controversy caused when Samuel Clarke, a prostitute who dressed in women’s clothes and went by the name India Clarke, was found dead in a park and identified as a male by police.
How exactly police were supposed to ask the dead man what gender he preferred however, is unknown, but it would have been a heck of a conversation.
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