AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department now has its first openly transgender officer. Senior Officer Greg Abbink has been with the force for a decade. Joining as a woman, it wasn’t until this year that he says he really started living.
“So, for about 10 years, the folks here in this department that know me have known me as Emily,” said Sr. Officer Abbink.
That all changed for him this past spring.
“I’m Greg now,” he said, “and so that’s been interesting for folks to have to make that transition.”