Friday, 20 January 2017

Seattle Police Department's First Openly Transgender Cop Shares His Experience Coming Out

Last year, more members of the trans community were killed last year than any other year since a record on the stat has been kept. With all the tension that has been built up between rights groups and certain police forces over the years, one police department in the nation has worked towards becoming a progressive workplace for their officers.
Seattle Police Department's Officer Tori Newburn is their first openly transgender police officer. His three year anniversary at the station just passed in December, though it wasn't until May of 2016 that he came out to his fellow officers, and he hasn't received an ounce of negativity since doing so.

It's worth noting that Seattle is home to the Safe Place program, which aims to eliminate crime against members of the LBGTQ community. It has been so successful that other cities have begun emulating the campaign.
Mayor Buddy Dyer announcing Safe Place initiative for LGBTQ community in Orlando, similar to program in Seattle 

The Southern California native began his transition a decade ago. He had the full support of his parents and still does today.

Newburn credits those that came before him for the overwhelming acceptance of his peers, adding, "I have this amazing job with this great department. I have a lot of friends in this department. I have to use that to bring more positivity in the world.

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