New Jersey unveils new directives to help protect transgender residents

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Wednesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day that honors the memory of transgender people who lost their lives in the acts of anti-transgender violence.

To mark the occasion, New Jersey officials announced a series of directives aimed to help protect transgender residents in the state.

New Jersey's Transgender Equality Task Force released its new report. Recommendations include the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data across state agencies, anti-discrimination training for state employees and a public outreach program to let transgender people know about anti-discrimination laws.

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also announced new steps to protect the transgender community. Grewal says that his LGBTQ Equality Directive is to ensure that the community is protected during encounters with authorities. It was sent to law enforcement agencies Wednesday.

The directive includes instructions such as: Law enforcement officers cannot stop, detain or questions someone based solely on gender identity or sexual orientation. Officers cannot ask about someone’s sexual practices or anatomy unless it is necessary to the investigation. And officers should use a person’s chosen name and pronoun, even if the name or pronoun differs from an official document.

Grewal says that he wants the transgender community to feel safe when dealing with the law enforcement community.

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