Houston, Austin leaders: Transgender military veterans welcome in police forces

The leaders in two of Texas’ most diverse cities each made announcements that transgender military veterans who may be dismissed from the service due to a change in policies are welcome to apply to their respective departments.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced through Twitter that transgender military veterans with honorable discharges would be invited to serve in the police forces of their cities.

Houston has had a small number of transgender officers over the last decade, one of the few police departments in the state to hire transgender individuals.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler also posted a series of tweets supporting the idea of transgender officers on his city’s police force:

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The statements come in reaction to recent tweets from the current U.S. president involving the removal of transgender individuals from active duty military service. Texas law enforcement officials have also come out against the so-called “bathroom bill” in the state legislature that would require individuals to use the public restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate, rather than their current gender identity.

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