Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing: Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community [open pdf - 1014KB]
"Over the past eight years we have witnessed an unprecedented effort to advance the civil rights of--and justice for--lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) people living in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, paving the way for its 2015 ruling that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. [...] With these groundbreaking court decisions and federal statues, same-sex couples and LGBTQ+ victims of crime are now provided the same protections under federal law as different-sex couples and non-LGBTQ+ victims of crime. But despite these successes, LGBTQ+ people living in the United States still experience discrimination in education, employment, and housing--and in the justice system, including policing, arrest, and incarceration. Sometimes this discrimination results from the biased enforcement of the law. [...] To address these issues and to explore their importance to policing, the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), in collaboration with Strategic Applications International (SAI), hosted a forum in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 2016. The forum was attended by law enforcement and representatives of LGBTQ+ advocacy groups. This publication, which summarizes that meeting, is based on input provided by participating subject matter experts and law enforcement agencies during the July forum and pre-forum interviews."
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS): http://cops.usdoj.gov/
Gender, Sexuality, and 21st Century Policing: Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community. Washington, D.C. July 21, 2016