A transgender cop who helped organize an event for transgender awareness was not allowed to enter the event over fear her uniform might have upset some people (video below).
Officer Christine Garcia was denied entrance to an event for Transgender Day of Awareness at the San Diego LGBT Center on Nov. 17, an annual event held to honor those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence, reported The San Diego Tribune.
Garcia not only helped organize the event, but performed security detail during a commemorative march.
However, Garcia was told at the door that her uniform might be disturbing for other people attending the event.
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After hearing what happened, Delores Jacobs, chief executive officer of the LGBT center, apologized and blamed a misunderstanding of the center's policy of inclusion.
“We do not wish to ever make any community member feel unwelcome … these officers are valued members of our community,” she said in a statement. “While we need to support those that are uncomfortable and honor their reactions to valid and understandable difficult previous experiences, we also need to explain that… our LGBTQ San Diego police liaisons are a valued part of our community,” Jacobs wrote.
City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, a longtime LGBTQ activist, said the incident was an outrage.
“Any officer, be they gay or straight, should be welcomed into our community center in uniform,” she said. “They protect our community and neighborhoods and make San Diego a better place.”
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Garcia, 32, came out as transgender in 2015.
“I didn’t know if I was going to lose complete respect from [other officers],” she told Inside San Diego in July 2015. “Because here I was, going from masculine to feminine, in a primarily masculine profession.”
“I felt like I was Christine all along,” Garcia said. “I am who I am.”