Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Gaily News: Four St. Pete police officers improperly access info on former transgender colleague

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Carly Rae Jepsen, above, and Train say yes to equality and no to the Boy Scouts gay ban.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, above, and Train say yes to equality and no to the Boy Scouts' gay ban.

Four St. Petersburg police officers were disciplined last week after improperly accessing personal and confidential information on a former officer who recently made the transition from a female to a male.

After being called to Tyrone Square Mall for a shoplifting incident, the officers began a conversation with a security guard who works for Valor Security Services, which also now employs their former colleague. The cops accessed the state license database to display the former officer’s gradual physical changes during his transition from female to male and made disparaging comments.

Musical acts Carly Rae Jepsen and Train have backed out of a performance at the upcoming Boy Scouts of America annual national jamboree in protest of the organization’s ban on gay scouts and leaders. The “Call Me Maybe” singer withdrew from the show following an online petition started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance that amassed over 62,000 signatures. Jepsen said the BSA’s antigay policies conflict with her support of “equality for all.”

The land of Mickey is one of five cities in consideration to host the 2018 Gay Games. Orlando is still in the running for the honor, along with Paris, London, Limerick and Amsterdam.

A new study from Cambridge University shows that children adopted by gay parents are just as happy as those placed with heterosexual couples.

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