History will be made in Queensland tomorrow when Police, firies and corrective services officers will they take part in the Brisbane Pride Festival march together decked out in their service uniforms for the first time.
In the past serving police officers, firies and corrective services officers had not been allowed to wear their uniforms in the parade while in other states serving officers have been allowed. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services Jo-Ann Miller said LGBTI officers and staff marching in their uniforms would be a powerful symbol.
“It goes to show how far we’ve come since the dark days of the 70s and 80s when members of our gay and lesbian community were bullied, harassed and treated disgracefully by many.” Said Ms Miller
“It’s a sign that Queenslanders from a diverse range of backgrounds have a diverse police service to look out for them.”
“And it’s also a sign to young LGBTI Queenslanders that we have become a place where it is safe to come out and that our police service will always work hard to protect you and do their very best to stamp out homophobic violence and harassment.”
Ms Miller said following positive community feedback, every officer across her portfolio would be welcome to take part in the event wearing their uniform