“When I came out to my mother, I decided the best way to do it was through text message. I couldn’t tell her face to face.”
LGBT officers and civilian members of the Austin Police Department in Texas have united to share stories in their own It Gets Better video.
The video not only tells the coming out stories of several of the officers themselves, it also helps show the local cops are there to serve and protect the city’s LGBTI citizens, so they feel comfortable approaching them for help.
Austin’s Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association says it wants 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. “Our message is to let those youth know that even though it is difficult today, tomorrow will bring hope, love, and life. We are here to help you make it there!”
“Our number one goal is to create a safe environment for you,” adds Art Acevedo, Austin’s Chief of Police. “Our doors are open, and we will be here to embrace you no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your background is.”
Watch Austin Police Department’s It Gets Better video below.