June 15, 2012 15:25Today, Friday June 15, 2012, the Portland Police Bureau is proud to debut its version of an "It Gets Better" video featuring LGBTQ members of the Portland Police Bureau.
The It Gets Better project was created in September 2010 to show young LGBTQ people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach - if they can just get through their teen years.
This has become a worldwide movement, with more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times.
Several months ago, a member of the Portland Police Bureau's Sexual Minorities Roundtable shared an It Gets Better video done by the San Francisco Police Department. The Portland Police Bureau Communications Unit decided to create one for Portland and the response from the LGBTQ officers was overwhelming. They all felt strongly the film should debut and be shared during Pride Week 2012. Participating officers hope the film will inspire and positively impact teens and others in the LGBTQ community.
"I'm extremely proud of the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau who participated in this film," said Chief Michael Reese. "Their honesty and willingness to talk about their lives in a personal and frank way is what makes the film so compelling."
The film can be viewed here at: http://youtu.be/7bCimcsVAoQ
Sgt. Pete Simpson