Argentina has appointed the very first transgender Chief of Police in Latin America.
After having been dismissed from the police force for coming out as trans several years ago, Analía Pasantino returned to the force after a change in the administration.
Pasantino joined the police force in 1988, working as a male police officer during the day and spending her evenings in dresses. In the video above Pasantino speaks about hiding her identity and not having the courage to even get out of her car dressed as a woman. She eventually found the courage to be her true self, especially with the support of her wife.
In 2008 she finally came out and revealed to her job that she was trans. They swiftly put her on a leave of absence after having given 20 years of her life to the force. According to the Associated Press, she spent nearly a decade trying to prove her mental fitness in order to come back.
Much of Pasantino’s reinstatement is due to change in sentiments and laws in Argentina, which has become a leader in LGBT rights after making same-sex marriage legal in 2010 and passing laws allowing citizens to change their gender without having to jump through legal hoops in 2012.
There is lots of support on social media for Pasantino.
— Revista Oveja Rosa (@Oveja_Rosa) May 17, 2017
This tweet from @Oveja_Rosa reads “Beautiful news.”
People are celebrating her return to the police force and are so happy for her.
— Voces Latinx (@voceslatinx) May 17, 2017
“Congratulations!” said @VocesLatinx
Pasantino sees her appointment as a victory for not just herself, but for others in the trans community as well, saying “At first I was a bit overwhelmed by so much attention. But I’m proud to tell this story and I hope it helps others as well.”
CREDIT: American Idol / FOX
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