Seattle police support gay youth with 'It Gets Better' videoon June 22, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (Updated: 11:43 am - 6/23/12 )
Officers in uniform describe how they discovered they were gay, how they came out to their families, and how they dealt with the issue growing up.
"It was upsetting because I knew it wasn't a phase and I kept trying to prove that. Ya know, this isn't something that's going to go away in six months [...] This is permanent and this is who I am," says Officer Vanessa Flick.
Acknowledging that it is hard sometimes and that bullies are out there, the officers encourage young gay people to just be themselves. Even Police Chief John Diaz makes an appearance to support his officers and the gay community.
"No one deserves to be taunted or bullied or harassed for any reason, particularly for their sexual orientation," says Diaz.
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