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Meet the First Transgender Woman Accepted to the FBI National Academy

Lesley Mumford became the first transgender woman to be accepted into the elite FBI National Academy.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Colorado SWAT team coordinator made history by becoming what is believed to be the first transgender woman accept into the FBI National Academy, an elite and intense training course in Quantico, Va.

Lesley Mumford, of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, is among about 200 law enforcement agents who will attend the 10-week course beginning in July, the Summit Daily reports

“I think it’s a pretty amazing thing, a historical thing,” said Mumford, who transitioned last year. “It makes me feel that society is changing, it makes me feel that as individuals we do have the ability to change and influence the world around us.”

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, who nominated Mumford, hailed the moment as a groundbreaking moment for the transgender community.

“We were so proud to have her transition in the workplace, but this is the next, huge, huge, smash-the-ceiling moment,” he said. “We’re so proud of Lesley.”

Transgender Woman Misses Flight After Embarrassing Pat-Down, Scan

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Shadi Petosky, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A transgender woman missed her flight after the TSA forced her to undergo questioning and a 40-minute search after an “anomaly” during her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.

TSA agents flagged her after spotted the “anomaly,” the New York Daily News reports.

“That’s my penis,” she told a male TSA agent at Orlando International Airport.

What followed was a 40-minute pat-down and inspection that forced her to miss her flight to Minneapolis.

The incident drew outrage from transgender activists.

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State AG: NSA Officers Did Nothing Wrong by Shooting Transgender Women Outside Agency

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA officers did nothing wrong when they shot and killed a transgender woman outside of a security gate at the entrance of the agency in Fort Meade, Md., the Washington Post reports.

The Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said no evidence of a crime agains the officers were was found.

“Federal prosecutors and agents reviewed the evidence from the March 30, 2015 shooting at the National Security Agency and determined that there was no crime committed by the officers,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “Video recordings of the incident make clear that the driver ignored directions given by NSA guards, rammed a barrier at high speed and was racing toward the officer who fired at the vehicle.”

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency “does not have a case open on that matter.”

Ricky S. Hall, 27, who was driving, was killed. Her passenger, Kevin Fleming, was wounded.

The women had stolen the car, a Ford Escape.

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Justice Department to Train Law Enforcement How to Work with Transgender People

courtSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Transgender people are disproportionately harmed by violence – so much so that the Justice Department is training law enforcement how to handle them as crime victims.

The idea is to help identify hate crimes and build more trust with law enforcement, the Associated Press reports.

“It’s clear that such a training is as necessary as it is overdue,” Associate Attorney General Tony West said at a ceremony unveiling the program. “Because too often, in too many places, we know that transgender victims are discouraged from reporting hate crimes and hate violence due to their past negative interactions with and perceptions of law enforcement.”

Police have been criticized for their responsiveness to crimes against transgender people, according to the AP.

Transgender Woman Wins Discrimination Suit Against ATF

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A woman who was denied a job after ATF officials discovered she was transgender won a lawsuit this week in which she claimed she was the victim of unlawful discrimination, the Transgender Law Center reports.

Mia Macy, an experienced police detective who has worked with the ATF on ballistics, said she was denied the job because she was transgender.

Macy identified as a male at the beginning of the application process, but by the time of the hiring decision, she changed her name to Macy.

Under the decision, the ATF must offer Macy the position and provide back pay and benefits with interest.

“It’s a victory for all transgender people to know that we have a voice, that we have recourse, and that when it comes to workplace protections we deserve to make a living,” said Macy in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier.”

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