Friday, October 12, 2018

The Love Hate Relationship Of Phone Cameras

Most of you don’t give a second thought to your camera on your smartphone but for many trans people we have a love hate relationship.

Gone are the days of film cameras when you had to get up enough never to send the film in to be developed, while now we just pull out our smart phone and take a selfie. But at the same time it makes it easy for others to take intrusive photos of us.
Snoop Nashville
By J Steen
October 11, 2018

8 sworn police officers, 2 firefighters, 1 dispatcher, & 1 Metro teacher. That’s how many government employees took part in the public shaming of a transgender citizen of Nashville, after 3 of the police officers and 1 of the firefighters had all taken independent photos of this citizen at different times in the past few weeks, and all came together to post them on social media and engage in a very public ridicule and shaming of this citizen that had no idea anything was going on. (We have blurred the identity in the images below).

Most disturbing, is that these photos were not even from the same day. Once the first one was posted by a Metro Police Sergeant, several others came forward to post their own they had taken in previous days or weeks, without knowing the others had also taken photos of this same person. For these Metro Nashville employees, their first instinct when they saw a transgender person was to take a photo, upload it to social media, and laugh at the person and publicly shame them from their social media accounts – many of which have the Metro jobs prominently displayed, along with photos of them in uniform.
Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann was shown the photos and comments on Thursday morning, and his immediate response was:
“First and foremost the Nashville Fire Department is dedicated to serving all the people on Davidson County. We do this no matter who they are no matter their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity or anything else. When I was made aware of these postings I directed my command staff to look into your allegations. Once we complete that process we will act accordingly.”
At the end of the day, over 250 people had engaged with the post, via comments, or reactions – a vast number of them metro city employees.  There may have been more comments and remarks by more sworn officers, but these were the ones that went by their actual name on social media, and were easily verified via Nashville’s open data portal, and having their job or photo listed in on their social media profile. Diversity Training is already a required course for all Metro Nashville employees.
It happened to me also, I was at an Olive Garden Italian Restaurant with some trans friends waiting to be seated when I heard some giggling and I looked up and there were two high school couples waiting also to be seat and the two boys had their smartphones out taking pictures of us. They continued taking photos all throughout dinner.

I also had a couple of girls snap photos of me in the women's room at the Hartford Stage.

This morning I am at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Rainbow Breakfast, as the ED of CTAC I was invited along with the President of our Board.

1 comment:

  1. I'd be interested to see the results of the command's "process." Should that not be an investigation? Reprimands, and possibly terminations, seem to be in order here.