Follow NBC News. Living Share this: Sisterhood and brotherhood in Gay Officer Action League. Email required. The cadet, 33 at the time, had not come out to his friends and family, much less colleagues at work.
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He recalled a particularly daunting incident when a fellow officer who had been patrolling Macombs Dam Park, where the new Yankee Stadium now stands, encountered a well-known gay cruising area. Still, the battle was far from won. Budd now trains recruits on what it means to be transgender and answers all their questions, even the personal ones. As part of the suit, GOAL wanted to march in the annual NYC Pride March in uniform and with the official police marching band — a request that had been rejected in previous years.
The LGBTQ community has had a fraught relationship with the police, but gay officers and allies are working to rebuild trust.