Back in February, we wrote a post entitled “It’s Okay to be Gay in Law Enforcement,” which highlighted a few forward-leaning departments and outspoken individual officers.
To follow up on that post, just last month the Austin Police Department and the Austin Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association produced this video as part of the It Gets Better Project. The video features LGBT officers and civilians from the Austin Police Department and sends a message to LGBTQ youth that it does get better. The It Gets Better Project (www.itgetsbetter.org) and The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org) to reach out to LGBTQ youth who may be struggling due to bullying, harassment, and non-acceptance, and who may be thinking of committing suicide.
The message can be extended to members of the LGBTQ community who are considering careers in law enforcement — it does get better and there’s a community of people who’ve paved the way to support you. The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officer’s Association – Austin (LGPOA – Austin) is a Texas non-profit organization which supports LGBT sworn, civilian, and retired members of the Austin Police Department by providing a voice for equality and breaking negative stereotypes through education. There are similar support groups across the country – and their numbers are growing. Read more about the value and importance of diversity in law enforcement on our website, DiscoverPolicing.org.