LGBTI flag flown for first time over police headquarters
A TRANSGENDER officer says he feels "proud and humbled" to raise the rainbow pride flag to fly over police headquarters as part of a historic moment for the Queensland Police Service.
For the first time, the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) pride flag has been flown outside the Roma Street Police Headquarters for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Transgender officer, Constable Mairead Devlin, raised the flag in this morning's ceremony and said it was a significant day for the QPS.
"I feel proud and humbled," Const Devlin said.
"I think a lot of senior officers have paved the way for this to happen.
"It certainly is a milestone for the service."
Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Condon said the flag-raising ceremony was a public display of the service's support for inclusion and diversity within the Queensland community.
"As an organisation and as a state, we have come a long way over the past few decades," he said.
"It is important to ensure people have both the confidence to be themselves and the confidence that their police will look out for them."
Acting Deputy Commissioner Condon said the ceremony built upon the LGBTI-friendly programs already brought in by the QPS, including its LGBTI Support Network.
Last year LGBTI QPS members marched in the Brisbane Pride Festival parade for the first time. They are planning an even stronger turnout this year.