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LAPD announces new jail wing, guidelines for ‘respectful and courteous’ interaction with transgender people

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A transgender prostitute is arrested by undercover LAPD officers.

Transgender people interacting with Los Angeles police officers are being guaranteed respectful treatment both on the streets and in the downtown jail, the LAPD announced Thursday.

Police officials hosted a community forum at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center at Ed Gould Plaza to say they have developed new guidelines for officers dealing with men and women who cross-dress and identify as a different gender. They also announced that an entire wing of the downtown Metropolitan Detention Center will be dedicated to transgender arrestees, helping to ensure the safety of those people while in custody.

“The new procedures are designed to promote greater understanding and ensure police contacts with the transgender community are professional, respectful and courteous,” the LAPD said in a statement.

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Will Gloria Allred help transgender Jenna Talackova get back into the Miss Universe Canada pageant?

Miss Universe Organization Reserves Their Decision On Disallowing Transgender Contestant

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Jenna Talackova (R), a would be Miss Universe contestant, attends a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on April 3, 2012 in Los Angelew.

Miss Universe Organization Reserves Their Decision On Disallowing Transgender Contestant

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Jenna Talackova, a would be Miss Universe contestant, shows her Canadian passport, as a proof that she is a female, during a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on April 3, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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File: South Korea's Mini (L) and Canada's Jenna Talackova (C) pose for pictures backstage ahead of the Miss International Queen 2010 beauty pageant in southeastern Thailand's city of Pattaya, late on November 19, 2010.

Miss Universe Organization Reserves Their Decision On Disallowing Transgender Contestant

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Jenna Talackova (R), a would be Miss Universe contestant, leaves a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred on April 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.


Jenna Talackova, 23, wanted to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. She got booted from the pageant because she's transgender after being born a man, and now she's charging the competition with discrimination.

She held a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles as she explores her legal options. She held up her Canadian passport during the press conference, which lists her as a woman, and noted that her gender is listed as a woman on her birth certificate and her driver's license as well.

She's being represented by legal superstar Gloria Allred. "[Talackova] did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man, or to see the photos of his birth to view his anatomy to prove that he was male," Allred said. "It made no difference to her. Why should it have made a difference to him?"

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