The Amarillo Globe-Times: Houston Transsexual File Suit Over Ridicule by Police Officers. 7/8/77
Houston Transsexuals File Suit Over Ridicule by Police Officers HOUSTON (AP) -- A psychiatrist has testified that transsexuals arrested by city police are "ridiculed" during their : jail confinement, photographed in the ! nude and made to "parade around every hour of the nh?h!." Dr. Jay C. Maxwell, a psychiatrist who counsels persons undergrolng a I sex change in connection with a program at the University of Texas Medical school, said some of bus j patients have been "propositioned for | homosexual activities by police of- 1 fleers." I " "Police Chief Harry Caldwell said he : would not comment until he saw the testimony. However, an assistant city attorney said he had talked to police of- I flcals who denied the accusations. ! Maxwell's federal court testimony, i taken in a deposition as part of a civil Â· suit filed against (lie City of Houston, i was read In court Thursday by U. S. ] District Court Judge Woodrow Seals. I Seals said in the pre-trial hearing that ' he could not imagine 3uch conduct oc- ! curring "under Uiis police j department's administration." I The suit, filed by the Civil Liberties ' Union in behalf of seven transsexuals i who identify themselves as "Jane Doe" j challenges a city ordinance which for: for: bids cross dressing in public. ! The suit claims cross dressing is a , prerequisite for surgery, i Maxwell's testimony said it is a "demeaning and humiliating ex- perience" that happens to all transsexuals transsexuals picket] up for cross dressing. In the portion of testimony read by Seals, Maxwell described the transsexuals' transsexuals' jail experience as a "horror story." He said police, instead of taking the usual mug shot from the neck up, have transsexuals strip so they can be "photographed from all angles." He said those pictures have appeared on the bulletin board of the vice division. Contacted at his office, Maxwell said New Heart Problems Plague Peter Sellers SAINT TROPEZ, France (A) - Actor Actor Peter Sellers is having new heart problems after a battery in his heart stimulator malfunctioned, doctors said today. Physicians said Sellers' condition was not serious, but he was admitted to a clinic Thursday and confined to bed for rest and observation. Sellers has been living at his villa in Saint Tropez since his marriage to Lynn Frederick last April. He suffered a heart attack shortly after (he marriage and was flown to London for treatment. he hns heard similar jail stories least half a dozen transsexuals he treats. He said patients have told that transsexuals, many In the process of having hormone treatment or undergoing undergoing breast implant surgery, are told to display themselves to officers "every time there is a change of That's the information I get." Under questioning by Seals, Frank Maura, an assistant city attorney, he talked with police officials about allegations and was told "that with current administration, there are no activities such as that."