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  1. 1. Founder & President TCOPS International www.TCOPS-International.org
  2. 2.  Personal  Professional  Philosophy of Life
  3. 3. Who is Patrick M. Callahan? Personal Professional Philosophy of Life
  4. 4. Transgender Community of Police and Sheriffs International (TCOPS)
  5. 5. Who we are: Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) Federal, State, County, Municipal Active, Former, and Retired Law Enforcement Support Personnel (LESP) Dispatchers, Crime Scene Technicians, Community Service Officers and others Active, Former, and Retired
  6. 6. Who we are: Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMS) Federal, State, County, Municipal Paramedics, EMTs, Tactical Medics, SAR Medics, others Active, Former, and Retired Fire Service Professionals (Fire) Federal, State, County, Municipal Firefighters, Fire Marshalls, Arson Investigators, others Active, Former, and Retired
  7. 7. What do these organizations do? Peer Support Gender Identity Disorder (G.I.D.) Resources & Referrals Transition Planning and Advice for Employees Consultation /Training Services for Employers Policy & Procedure Models and Strategies Advocacy for the Transgender Community Public Outreach Education about G.I.D.
  8. 8. Who are Transgendered People? What do they look like? How will I know? Why should I care?
  9. 9. Who defines a person’s gender? What defines gender? When did you know your gender? How do you know your gender? Why is your gender important to you?
  10. 10.  XY Chromosomes = Male  XX Chromosomes = Female  But what about:  5-alpha-reductase-deficiency  46XY Karotype  Mullerian agenesis  Congenital adrenal hyperplasia  Genetic mosaicism  Transgender
  11. 11. Some Definitions: Gender Role: Generally defined by society. Gender Identity: Most appropriately defined by the self, one’s authentic gender. Transgender: an umbrella term inclusive of the many forms of gender variation, expression, and/or presentation. Transsexual: One whose sexual genitalia do not coincide with their authentic gender identity. Cross-Dresser: One who wears clothing of the opposite gender for deeply felt reasons of comfort, self-acceptance, expression or infrequently sexual gratification. Sexual Orientation: Sexual attraction to a specific gender identity(s) usually without regard to gender role(s).
  12. 12. More Definitions: Transvestite: a.k.a. a Cross-dresser. Transition: the timeframe during which an individual moves from their anatomical birth gender to their authentic identity gender through changes in lifestyle and medical interventions. Male-to-Female (MtF) : an individual born with male genitalia who identifies as female. Female-to-Male (FtM) : an individual born with female genitalia who identifies as male.
  13. 13. An Important Point Gender Identity vs. Sexual Orientation Gender Identity is who you are. Sexual Orientation is who you are attracted to.
  14. 14. Perceptions and Media Attention Preconceived ideas are Human Nature. We tend to believe what we hear , see, or read in the media. News and information media outlets are driven by economic necessity. “ If it bleeds, it leads”
  15. 15. Perceptions
  16. 16. “Transgenders CHOOSE to be that way.” “All transgenders are perverts and deviants.” “All transgenders are gay!” “Transgenders are freaks and abominations.” “All transgenders are prostitutes and addicts.” “None of those ‘things’ deserve to live.”
  17. 17. Reality
  18. 18. Transgendered people are: Parents Police Children Firefighters Taxpayers Next Door Neighbors Home Owners Bus Drivers Doctors Business Owners Attorneys Radio DJs Writers Ministers/Pastors Actors Athletes Teachers Poets Mechanics Soldiers/Sailors/Marines
  19. 19. Transgender People of Note Fran Bennett – Radio Personality Lynn Conway, Ph.D. – Researcher, Inventor of the silicon chip Marci Bowers, M.D. – Physician & surgeon Shannon Minter – Attorney at Law Calpernia Addams – Actress & activist Andrea James – Film producer Becky Allison, M.D. - Cardiologist Jamison Green – Author, writer, activist Jennifer Boylan – Educator, writer Diane Schroer – Military Intelligence expert
  20. 20. More… Terri O’Connell – Race car driver Mianne Bagger – Professional Golfer Deirdre McCloskey – Economist Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D. – Biologist S. Bear Bergman – Performer, writer, activist Loren Cameron – Artist, writer Stephan Thorne –Police Lieutenant Ben Barres, M.D. - Neurobiologist Imani Henry – Artist, writer, activist Margarett Stumpp – CEO, executive
  21. 21. Hate Crime What is a Hate Crime? A hate crime is any criminal act which is motivated by hatred due to, actual or perceived; race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex (gender), or sexual orientation of the intended target. A Hate Crime is also WORDS; Especially epithets of any derogatory nature against any of the above groups combined with a hate feature such as , but not limited to, verbal declarations, drawings, or other acts intended to scare, intimidate, terrify, or that cause psychological harm.
  22. 22. Bias Related Incidents What is a bias related incident? A bias related incident occurs when a person or group experiences, or is the target of, prejudicial behavior based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation. Not all bias incidents rise to the level of a hate crime depending upon whether a crimes is associated with the acts of prejudice.
  23. 23. Considerations Use the Golden Rule Pay attention to visual cues Use gender appropriate pronouns Use the persons preferred name If you have a question about any of the above issues, be polite and ask In a professional environment or public forum keep your personal opinions to yourself.
  24. 24. Children with G.I.D. Jazz Out of the Shadows
  25. 25. Children with G.I.D.: Do NOT choose to be transgendered. Cannot be “corrected” or “punished” into being someone they are not. Should NOT be forced to conform to gender roles they do not choose for themselves. Should NOT be afraid to be themselves.

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