The Washington Post
Gay-Outreach Liaison Appointed
D.C. fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin announced yesterday the appointment of Sgt. Jane “J.B.” Wallace as his department’s first liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities.
Wallace is a 19-year member of the department.
The department has had strained relations with the city’s transgendered community since the case of Tyra Hunter in 1995.
Hunter was seriously injured after being hit by a car, but firefighters who responded to the scene momentarily halted treatment and ridiculed Hunter after discovering she had male genitalia.
Hunter’s family settled a wrongful death suit against the city for $1.75 million, and the department hired a consultant to teach diversity training. A D.C. Superior Court judge found evidence this year that the trainer, Kenda Kirby, encountered hostility and discrimination on the job.