In a humorous, direct, and endearing video, Officer “Chris” from the Ft. Worth, Texas police department is hoping to encourage more openly LGBT members of his community to join the force.
Have a look at the video, made by request from the Ft. Worth PD’s HR department to encourage diversity recruitment.
Here’s some more details about Chris and Ft. Worth’s history of LGBT community relations via WFAA:
Sharing his own personal experience, Gorrie says he keeps a picture of he and his partner on his desk and hasn’t experienced any backlash at work.
“It kind of makes me wonder sometimes, ‘What do they say when I’m not there?’” said the detective who has worked with the department for more than eight years. “But, at the same time, who cares?”
In 2009, the department faced criticism after a raid at the Rainbow Lounge, a gay bar in Fort Worth. Many accused officers and TABC agents of using excessive force. The raid ultimately led to the suspension of several officers and agents.
It also led to a documentary titled “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge,” which compared the incident to a raid of New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969. The film was released in 2012 and many Fort Worth leaders, including the department’s police chief, attended its premiere.