German court rules transsexual can be excluded from police
Dec 4, 2007, 11:04 GMT
Frankfurt - The German state of Hesse was justified in excluding a transsexual from its police force, a court in Frankfurt ruled Tuesday on the basis of evidence from a police doctor.
The court rejected argument from the applicant, a 36-year-old who changed gender from woman to man 14 years ago, that he had been subject to unjustified discrimination.
The police doctor found that the applicant's hormone levels varied strongly and concluded that he could be subject to mood swings.
The applicant is experienced in martial arts and has worked as a bodyguard. He passed the police entrance tests with flying colours.
The case is to be taken to a higher court.© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur