Why the Austin police force’s ‘It Gets Better’ video matters

Austin PD It Gets Better project video still shotBY STEVE WILLIAMS

Texas has earned a reputation as an anti-gay state, something the state’s GOP has done little dissuade from with its aggressively anti-gay party platform. However, in a new It Gets Better video the Austin Police Department wants to send a message to LGBT kids that, despite what they might hear from some quarters, they are valued members of society.

The video features several personal stories from department staff and officers; from feeling being gay might be a barrier to serving as an officer, to being told that being gay is “biblically wrong,” there are tales of sadness and rejection.

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