Let’s support Police Officer Christine GarciaBottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Latest Issue Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
Once again transgender Police Officer Christine Garcia has been subjected to hate, disrespect, insults and attacks by some militant radical members of our very own LGBT community.
As many of you remember, Officer Garcia was barred from attending the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance because she was wearing her police uniform. Now for the recent ugly incident.
Earlier this year Officer Garcia got a phone call from Tracie O’Brien, the founder and chair of the annual Transgender Day of Empowerment. Officer Garcia was informed that she was going to be honored and recognized with an award at the April 14 event. Officer Garcia humbly accepted and was very touched by this well-deserved recognition. Officer Garcia is the first out transgender officer in the San Diego Police Department with the full support of Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Officer Garcia is married, has children and is a role model of an outstanding San Diego citizen and police officer.
Well a few weeks ago Officer Garcia received a phone call and was told that they would not be honoring her after all, and yes, rescinded her award. Why? She was told that the same small group of radical transgender activists who demanded that she not wear her uniform now stated that they would disrupt the upcoming event if Officer Garcia was recognized. One even threatened to “shut the event down.” These individuals numbering about three to five transgender activists absolutely hate all police officers and departments, period. Tracie and her committee being afraid of an ugly incident caved into the bullies and withdrew Officer Garcia’s award.
Then some other community activists were informed of this insult including me, and we raised hell and let Tracie O’Brien and her committee know that this was not only unacceptable, but there would be a counter demonstration in support of Officer Garcia. This past week Officer Garcia was informed that they would indeed honor her this Friday night and I am glad that she will be in attendance proudly wearing her police officer uniform.
While it is good that the Transgender Day of Empowerment organizers have changed their minds, my question is why the San Diego transgender community has let these few radical transgender activists cause so much dissent and division?
A short while ago there was a Black Lives Matter event held at the rainbow flag in Hillcrest, supported by these radicals. Many non-black transgender San Diegans told me that they felt left out and hurt. To me, the suicide of four San Diego transgender teens who were not African American and all transgender lives matter, period. I have spoken with many transgender leaders who tell me that these radical transgender activists are indeed causing division and bullying their fellow transgender sisters and brothers.
Recently there was a Project Trans Career Fair at The LGBT Center and Police Chief Zimmerman made sure that there was a San Diego Police Department booth there to recruit transgender police officers.
It’s time that our LGBT community stand up and face down these radical transgender activists. Please attend this Friday’s Transgender Day of Empowerment at The Center at 6 p.m. and show your support for Police Officer Christine Garcia. Thank you.
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