Despite the fact that acceptance of gay and lesbian people has grown greatly within our society, law enforcement as a profession is still struggling to get comfortable with gay and lesbian police officers. My belief is that the law enforcement profession is about 20 years behind the rest of society in how it views and accepts diversity within its own ranks and this is especially true for gay and lesbian employees. The proposed Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act will help protect police officers when they do come out from behind fired and support those LGBT applicants gain employment. Listen here to an interview with Officer Michael Carney about his story and struggle after coming out.
We will feature more about how LGBT law enforcement officers are becoming more visible on the job next month as we honor LGBT law enforcement professionals during National Law Enforcement Month. Check back for more details about our radio show special.