Discrimination against transgendered people is pervasive. We are 16 times more likely to be murdered than a 16-30 year old African American male. Something as seemingly simple as going to the bathroom in peace can't be assumed, especially when those who are supposed to enforce the law flagrantly break it.

Such was the case on October 3rd, when Port Authority Police arrested and defamed 3 transgendered youth. In a seperate incident, an adult was also arrested and insulted. The NYC Human Rights Law explicitly makes it illegal to discriminate against transgendered people, but the Port Authority Police has pressed tresspassing charges. On Oct. 25th, transgendered people and their allies railed outside of Port Authority. They demand that Port Authority:

Drop the charges.
Adopt a trans-friendly policy.
Mandate sensitivity training for officers and staff.

In light of the NYC Human Rights Law, PA police might wish to brush up on the law as well. People do have the right to go to the bathroom without being arrested and called 'things' and 'freaks'. Assembly member Richard Gottfried states "...isn't the fact that you have people with basges and guns breaking the law a much greater threat to the public than (transgendered people's) restroom use? The human rights of all New Yorkers should be respected in Port Authority Bus Terminal."

The Port Authority has not returned phone calls at post time.