This straight cop had an important message for New York City Pride
A heterosexual police officer from New York City has used Pride celebrations to send an important message about being an ally to the LGBT community.
Writing on Facebook the officer, who is sharing his weight loss journey, said that he would be wearing t-shirt underneath his uniform.
The t-shirt reads “I may be straight but I don’t hate” with the word hate written in rainbow colours.
He explained:” I’ll be out there working at Pridefest today wearing this shirt under my uniform for a lot of reasons.”
Those reasons include a whole host of people and situations that the officer has encountered that have made him more of an ally.
“For my step brother. For my priest.
“For my aunts who died before they could be legally married. For my cousin.
“For all of the cops I have worked with over the years, including one of the best partner’s I’ve ever shared a sector car with.
“For my classmate in High School who’s parents made him sleep in a tent in his yard.
“For the man who cried on my shoulder about losing his partner on 9/11.
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“For every call I went to where someone got kicked out of their house or who’s family just didn’t understand.
“For anyone who’s had to hide who they are.
“I’ve got your back. Love is Love,” he added.
New York City Pride was headed up ACLU and Chelsea Manning this year.
In 2015, a NYPD officer won the hearts of a crowd when he danced at the Pride event. The 44-year-old sadly died this week from brain cancer.