Cop Faces Complaint for ID'ing Transgender Woman as Male on Traffic Ticket

(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.


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