Police Sgt. Jessica Hawkins began work last week as the new supervisor of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, becoming the first transgender person to hold the position. Paul Tupper, chair of the local group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, said he was pleased to learn about Jessica’s appointment:
“Sgt. Hawkins’ story and her journey and her bravery are inspiring… And whatever leadership position MPD wants to promote her to we look forward to working with her.”
Last November during the city’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance held at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, Hawkins had a sort of public coming out. She received a standing ovation when she announced to the crowd that she had just come out to the department as transgender:
“I’m here to show my support.”
D.C. transgender activist Jeri Hughes said she’s certain that Hawkins will quickly become acquainted with the LGBT community and its leaders:
“Let’s be fair. She hasn’t been an activist but she will get to know the community just like Brett Parson and Matt Mahl got to know the community.”
Congrats, Police Sgt. Jessica Hawkins! Build those bridges!
(via Washington Blade)