Portland Police release ‘It Gets Better’ video

By Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly
Detective Mary Wheat speaks while surrounded by members of the Portland Police Bureau who participated in the "It Gets Better" video. Photo by Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly


Portland, OR — The Portland Police Bureau premiered an “It Gets Better” video today featuring 17 LGBTQ members of the Police Bureau. Four of the featured officers and commanders answered questions at a press conference at the Q Center, which also included remarks from Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Police Chief Michael Reese, Q Center Executive Director Barbara McCullough-Jones, Sexual Minorities Roundtable Co-chair Danny Rosen, and Detective Mary Wheat.

“It gets better when we make it better,” Adams said at the press conference. “… Sadly, in this day and age, it still takes courage not just to be out, but to be visible.”

See the video here. Several of the speakers on Friday afternoon encouraged the community to share it widely on social media.


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