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    So, anyone know of any gay-friendly police departments? It is not something that I want to throw in any person's face, but I do not want to hide any more. In fact, lying about orientation got me DQ'd one time and I will have to reapply after the deferral period... in my mind, I should not have had to lie about it but I felt that I did.

    I can and have done extensive research on the topic and found departments that claim to be tolerant... but I am looking for practical experience here... anyone working in a department that is particularly accepting or at least not anti-gay?

    I have a master's degree and currently 1.5 years experience as a LEO but am not in a dept with civil service ... so I am beginning to look for something else.

    Thanks a lot!

  • #2
    Originally posted by TXleoapplicant View Post
    . . . but I am looking for practical experience here... anyone working in a department that is particularly accepting or at least not anti-gay?
    I've agency I've worked for and with, fed, state, and local, had officers/agents that were openly gay. While there were some narrow minded tools who had problems with it, the vast majority didn't care about sexual orientation. Good cops care only about one thing, is the other person a good hardworking cop that they can trust with their lives.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SA13 View Post
      I've agency I've worked for and with, fed, state, and local, had officers/agents that were openly gay. While there were some narrow minded tools who had problems with it, the vast majority didn't care about sexual orientation. Good cops care only about one thing, is the other person a good hardworking cop that they can trust with their lives.
      I totally agree.

      It's not about your sexual orientation or SEX that matters..it's all about being a good cop. You have to remember, individuals from all types of backgrounds make up officers in their respected dept. So you are going to find "someone" with a different opinion. So what? Who cares? Just do your job!

      My motto is "You don't have to like me personally, but you'll never say I don't do my job."

      Don't know about TX but CA is "gay friendly".
      This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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      • #4
        what about Reno Sheriffs Dept?

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        • #5
          San Francisco PD if you dont mind working with wackos
          R.I.P. Officer Wayne McLaughlin

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          • #6
            Memphis PD as well. Good luck on your move. I hope you find peace in what you love to do as well as with the people you work with.

            2lucky

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            • #7
              All federal agencies are that I know of. The only caveat is that if the job requires a security background clearance, you must be out of the closet (under the theory that if you are not, it could be used to blackmail you).

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              • #8
                Seattle

                Seattle Police Department is very gay friendly
                "We're not in this business for the money. We're not in it for the excitement, and moments like this. Duty, honor, country, service, truth, and justice are good. But you can do that from behind a desk. In the end, you carry a gun and shield out into the field for the sole purpose of confronting the bad guys. The enemy. There is no other reason to be on the front lines." ~Nelson Demille

                If your story involves Peanut Butter and an animal - give up now!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by COASTIE01 View Post
                  San Francisco PD if you dont mind working with wackos

                  The agency suggestion was sufficient......................
                  This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by COASTIE01 View Post
                    San Francisco PD if you dont mind working with wackos
                    Perhaps you could have said, "SFPD, if you don't mind low pay and communting from East BFE, since a cop can't afford to live anywhere near the City."

                    And while we're at it...LAPD routinely reaches out to all people, but sends recruiters to GLBT events. We're not perfect, but we're better than we I started, three decades ago. LASD, too.
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                    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
                      Perhaps you could have said, "SFPD, if you don't mind low pay and communting from East BFE, since a cop can't afford to live anywhere near the City."

                      And while we're at it...LAPD routinely reaches out to all people, but sends recruiters to GLBT events. We're not perfect, but we're better than we I started, three decades ago. LASD, too.
                      Neither can LAPD, LASO or San Diego.

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                      • #12
                        i'm curious: why does it even matter? it's not a question on the application, is it? i can't imagine it would be. i've never seen it on any i've completed at the local and federal level. and surely they arent' going to ask you, "are you gay?" i mean, if they did, and you were DQ'd, that's a huge lawsuit!!!!!! any EEO lawyer would snatch that up in a heartbeat.

                        so what's up? you want an agency that you can feel safe being gay? do you have to tell anyone you're gay?

                        i'm a bit confused is all. i'm very privacy oriented. if they dont' need to know it, i don't tell 'em. i just don't get where they can hire/not hire you because of sexual orientation.

                        what if you're just bi? sup with that? not tryin' to be funny, but who the hells business is it anyways???

                        just fyi, i'm straight... but i did work with a lesbian at the S.O. she was cool. never had a problem with her. she backed me up plenty of times. and no one ever gave her a hard time about it. and i worked in the 'country'... good ole boys and all.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Xtreme View Post
                          i'm curious: why does it even matter? it's not a question on the application, is it? i can't imagine it would be. i've never seen it on any i've completed at the local and federal level. and surely they arent' going to ask you, "are you gay?" i mean, if they did, and you were DQ'd, that's a huge lawsuit!!!!!! any EEO lawyer would snatch that up in a heartbeat.

                          so what's up? you want an agency that you can feel safe being gay? do you have to tell anyone you're gay?

                          i'm a bit confused is all. i'm very privacy oriented. if they dont' need to know it, i don't tell 'em. i just don't get where they can hire/not hire you because of sexual orientation.

                          what if you're just bi? sup with that? not tryin' to be funny, but who the hells business is it anyways???

                          just fyi, i'm straight... but i did work with a lesbian at the S.O. she was cool. never had a problem with her. she backed me up plenty of times. and no one ever gave her a hard time about it. and i worked in the 'country'... good ole boys and all.

                          - mike

                          You're right it doesn't matter. It's no ones business as long as you do your job.

                          As for men vs women....I believe the women are easier "accepted". Depending on demographics.....it might be "harder" for males. Our dept has both openly gay males and females. There are no problems for either. Actually the State of California has the domestic partners laws that offer the "same" benefits for them.

                          So if you want look into California depts.

                          Good luck.
                          This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
                            Actually the State of California has the domestic partners laws that offer the "same" benefits for them.
                            New York State, as an employer, offers this too.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SlowDownThere View Post
                              New York State, as an employer, offers this too.
                              Didn't know that, good for NY!

                              Four down forty six to go. Things are looking better for you TXleoapplicant!
                              This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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