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Gay Cops: Pride Behind the Badge (2003)

 |  Documentary, Short  |  June 2003 (USA)
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This deeply moving and often funny documentary chronicles the lives, the loves, the challenges and the triumphs of lesbian and gay law enforcement officers from around the United States. ... See full summary »

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This deeply moving and often funny documentary chronicles the lives, the loves, the challenges and the triumphs of lesbian and gay law enforcement officers from around the United States. Shot the week of 9/11 against an unexpectedly world-changing event (and currently used as a training tool in police academies nation-wide) GAY COPS challenges homophobic stereotypes about masculinity, gayness and heroism through personal stories of bravery and commitment, and ultimately, profound moral courage. Winner Best Documentary: Provincetown International Film Festival HBO Audience Award, Fire Island Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. (www.dakotafilmworks.com) Written by dakotafilmworks@yahoo.com

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6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, let me say that I was deeply moved by this program about our LGBT law enforcement members for your dedication, commitment and loyalty, as well as bravery and honesty about yourselves. You and our military brothers and sisters have my deepest heart-felt loyalty and love. I am ex-military and - part-time police augmantee during the Viet Nam War and into my second enlistment. I served twice, both times with honorable discharges. However, I never declared myself and for that I am sorry and ashamed. You, however, are far more honest that I was as a young man, gay and alone and afraid in the service,

On a very personal note, your feelings about 9/11 moved me even more, making me want to write a special "thank you", because I am a real 9/11 survivor. I was in the North Tower of the World Trade when flight #11 slammed into the building. I was in the basement. My job is directly across from the South Tower's former location. I was up 44 floors on the phone with my lover when the second plane crashed into the South Tower. It happened to fast, but I saw the towers with my own two eyes and some of the horrors of that day, as well. As a New Yorker who has been so close to Ground Zero for five years and seeing it almost every day I go to work, I can say with all my conviction that I praise all law enforcement, fire department and military personnel who risk their own safety and lives for us civilians. Your support of the NYPD makes me feel close to you and so; I salute you, my LGBT brothers and sisters, one and all and thank God for you. I know you will keep up your courage and commitment in keeping America safe! Thanks!

James Michael McDonald, USA Viet Nam Vet. 9/11 Survivor Best of all, partner 27 years and counting!


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