Come Out from Behind the Badge

LGBTQ people in law enforcement face pervasive discrimination, according to a Williams Institute study. The November 2013 report updates a 2009 report on discrimination in public employment, which found that over 40 percent of the reported cases of discrimination occurred against law enforcement and corrections department personnel.

Many LGBT police, fire, emergency medical and military personnel are afraid to come out at work. Not only are they working in a conservative field, but it is still legal to be fired for being LGBTQ. It's with that in mind a support and discussion group was created at Affirmations in Ferndale for LGBTQ people in uniform to socialize with like-minded individuals, share stories and seek support without being judged. LGBTQ in Uniform aims to address the unique challenges LGBTQ people in this community encounter in the workplace and in their personal lives.

The group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 1900 hours at 290 W. Nine Mile Road. LGBTQ in Uniform is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of its members. For more information, visit

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