The issue of the transphobic sexual assault of a trans person by the Met as they tried to protect Wills and kate from unarmed demonstrators more than a mile away from the Royal Wedding has caused outrage amongst trans people.
There appear to be serious problems relating to diversity training for police officers, yet the issue is much deeper than this. The apparent open sexual assault of a trans person was not simply down to training and diversity. It is an issue of how trans people are perceived. The manner of the assault was something which would never have happened to a cisgender individual, no police officer of either gender would considering doing what was done by the squad in Soho Sq yesterday, to a cisgender man or woman. Yet it happened, in effect without thought, because the individual concerned was considered to be transgender.
As such this represents an issue of humanity. It has often been argued that being intelligble as either male of female (by no less a person than Judith Butler amongst others), is a prerequisite to being considered human. In other words, people in our culture generally appear not to accept as a human being, anyone who does not appear to be gendered either male or female. This is probably the root cause of yesterday's assault. The perception that trans people are not people.
This is an issue which goes beyond policing, it is the reason journalists, "comedians", some psychiatrists and even teachers discriminate against trans people; because they do not see trans people as people. In my opinion it is the theme running through Trans Media Watch's Memorandum of Understanding; the desire for trans people to be accorded the respect that is due any human being. It is the reason why some psychiatrists think they can force us to conform, as though they are training a dog or a performing seal, it is one of the reasons why some Rad Fems incite violence and hatred against us. As the Nazis succeeded in doing in the 1930s, dehumanisation carries with it enormous consequences; once a group of people is considered less than human, any treatment becomes possible.
The issue here is about much more than sexual assault. It is about our humanity, a humanity which is still denied to us by a hostile and institutionally transphobic culture.