Some nice news: Police Commissioner Apologizes for Officers’ Actions in Stonewall Rebellion
It's NYTimes and thus paywalled, so here's the text:
James C. McKinley Jr. and Derek Norman wrote:New York’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, apologized on Thursday on behalf of the Police Department for officers’ actions during the Stonewall riot, a seminal 1969 clash outside a Greenwich Village club that is widely regarded as a turning point for the modern gay rights movement.
“I think it would be irresponsible to go through World Pride month and not to speak of the events at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969,” Mr. O’Neill said.
“What happened should not have happened. The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong, plain and simple,” he added.
“The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.”
The auditorium applauded.
“I vow to the L.G.B.T.Q. community that this would never happen in the N.Y.P.D. in 2019,” he said. “We have, and we do, embrace all New Yorkers.”
The commissioner made his comments at Police Headquarters during a safety briefing related to Pride Month, the annual celebration of L.G.B.T.Q. culture.
I don't know that his vow really means all that much, but the public apology is a positive thing.
In personal ID-related news, I'm finally getting my ass in gear and getting my passport updated with the correct name and gender marker, which I'd been putting off due to a weird amount of anxiety about it. I got my new driver's license* a year ago this month after my legal name change, which was relatively painless because I'm in a position to be able to get official documents (just needed to bring the change of name order from the probate court and a letter about my gender from a therapist or doctor to the DMV), but since then I've been stuck in the country. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I still hold an unexpired passport, I have to make an appointment and go through the in-person application process rather than being able to renew/update by mail. After that, though, I think
all the state and federal government departments that are relevant to me will have my proper name and gender, and I'll be able to travel/escape again.
That said, both my state and federal tax return checks came made out to my deadname, even though I filed under my new name. Shrug. I called in to the state and they fixed it in their system (after noting that it should already have changed because they did have my info, and they weren't sure why it hadn't), haven't gotten around to the federal one yet. My bank still lets me cash checks that are accidentally made out to the old name, so it's not a pressing problem.
*In response to the past couple posts: Maine has gender (M/F/X), height, weight, eye color, and hair color on ours