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LGBTI Laws & Policies - Policy

“This Quick Guide will help agencies and facilities develop a comprehensive response to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inmates. It is not meant to provide an answer to every question or an in-depth discussion of all issues that agencies face or that the LGBTI population faces while in custody. It provides an overview of the important issues that agencies should consider when working to house and treat LGBTI inmates in a way that is safe and consistent with an agency’s mission, values, and security guidelines … This Quick Guide is organized chronologically according to the decisions an agency will have to make before and at the point when an LGBTI individual enters the system. These areas of focus include: Assessment of Agency Culture (as relates to LGBTI individuals); Assessment of Agency Staff and Administration Knowledge and Attitudes; Examination of Current Relevant Agency Norms; Development and Implementation Mechanisms; Development of Awareness of Current Legal Responsibilities; Foundational Issues; Intake Screening/Risk Assessment; Classification and Housing Placement; Medical and Mental Health Care; Information Management; Group Inmate Management; Specific Safety and Privacy Concerns for Transgender and Intersex Inmates; and Staff, Volunteer, and Contractor Training Requirements” (p. 1).

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Two policies: Louisiana — New Orleans Juvenile Detention Center Sets New Policies to Protect LGBT Youth and New York — New York City Issues New Policies to Protect LGBTQ Youth, 2011.

"This publication sets forth guidelines to address the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming employees and clarifies how the law should be implemented in situations where questions may arise about how to protect the legal rights or safety of all employees. These guidelines do not anticipate every situation that might occur with respect to transgender or gender non-conforming employees, and the needs of each employee must be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In all cases, the goal is to ensure the safety and comfort of transgender or gender non-conforming employees while maximizing the employee’s workplace integration and minimizing stigmatization of the employee" (p. 3). Sections of this guide cover: purpose; definitions; privacy; official records; names and pronouns; restroom accessibility; locker room accessibility; dress codes; transitioning to the job; sex-segregated job assignments; discrimination and harassment; additional resources; and Unit of Assignment (UOA) Transition Plan Guide—before the UOA transition begins, the day the transition will be made known to co-workers, and the first day of the employee's official workplace transition.

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Under the new policy, the state will cover mastectomies as well as operations to remove and reconstruct reproductive organs. But it will not cover services the state considers cosmetic, including breast implants or procedures or drugs for hair removal or hair growth. New York Times 2015.

Hawaii Department of Public Safety. The purpose of this policy is "To provide guidelines regarding the management of cross-hormone therapy for transsexual and intersex patients."

This memorandum provides further guidance regarding the placement and care of transgender adult detainees in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Emforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This guidance complements existing ICE detention standards and the requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“The purpose of this standard operating procedure (SOP) is to establish guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and placement of offenders diagnosed with gender identity disorder (GID) to ensure offender safety and access to appropriate and necessary medical and mental health treatment. This SOP defines the extent and general limits of healthcare services provided to offenders identified as meeting the criteria for diagnosis of GID as outlined within the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)” (p. 3). General requirements cover: initial reporting; referral and placement of the offender; evaluation of the offender; evaluator findings, diagnosis, and reporting; Chief Psychologist's review of findings; Management and Treatment Committee (MTC) meeting; Administrative Review Committee (ARC) meeting; final approval of the Management and Placement Plan; implementation of this plan; moral and ethical treatment of offenders diagnosed with GID; and subsequent reviews and evaluations for GID.

This Chicago Police Department general order establishes policies for interactions with TIGN individuals regarding their safety. It also defines terms pertaining to processing and establishes procedures for processing TIGN individuals.

This collection is comprised of a training program and an agency policy regarding the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex inmates. "Course Name: L.G.B.T. Awareness" by B. Galindez. "Cultural Diversity/Awareness is essential in terms of adapting to changes and the morphing of all human traits and values. Acceptance and / or tolerance are key elements when the pursuit of cohesion is the overall goal. Lesson Objectives: 1. Student will be able to identify alternate lifestyles; 2. Student will be able to identify alternative lifestyle definitions; 3. Student will be able to identify custodial issues regarding alternative lifestyle arrests; 4. Student will be able to identify Departmental Policy regarding Discrimination / Harassment; [and] 5. Student will become familiar with Lawrence vs. Texas" (p. 4). Included are a lesson plan, PowerPoint slides, pretest and key, handout, final exam and key, and a handout. "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, (L.G.B.T.I.)", HCSO Policy # 413. “This Order provides guidelines for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to follow in order to meet federal statutes and regulations, American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), and other Texas standards, statutes, regulations, guidelines, directives, or requirements that: A. Facilitate the elimination of discrimination against; and B. Address the appropriate classification, housing and treatment of; and C. Provide for the specific safety, security and medical needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) inmates in a humane and respectful manner while maintaining the safety, security and good order of all HCSO facilities; and D. Establish sanctions for any violation of this policy” (p. 1).

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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the evaluation and placement of inmates who are identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals.


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