(SS) Shelby Kendall considers herself female, as does her doctor and the state of Florida.
But that wasn’t good enough for a Fort Lauderdale police officer who pulled her over in January and issued the transgender woman a ticket that identified her as male — even though her driver’s license lists her as female.
Now, Officer James Brinton faces a hearing Monday before the Citizens Police Review Board over the complaint Kendall filed after the incident.
“If I’ve done everything I need to do for the state of Florida to recognize me as a female, he doesn’t have a right to purposely mis-gender me,” Kendall, 48, said Friday. “It was inappropriate and kind of bullying and sends a message to the transgender community.”
Brinton told investigators he thought that the driver’s license information showing Kendall as female was a mistake.
When he asked Kendall why the driver’s license identified her as female, she told him she identified as female, according to the police investigation of Kendall’s complaint.