Fort Worth Is Recruiting Gay Cops, and They Won't Even Be Openly Harassed by Colleagues

The Fort Worth Police Department has come a long way since 2009, when it marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark Stonewall riots, sparked by the ill-conceived, poorly executed raid of a New York gay bar, by conducting an ill-conceived, poorly executed raid of the Rainbow Lounge. The department reprimanded multiple officers, appointed an LGBT liaison officer, and began partnering with the local gay community, while the City Council, led by gay Councilman Joel Burns, passed a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance.

Kudos to Fort Worth PD for the progress. Kudos also for the efforts to actively recruit LGBT officers by letting an openly gay detective share his story on YouTube. Yet somehow the video fails to persuade that Fort Worth PD, in its culture if not its policy, is quite ready to embrace the gay community.

Maybe it's the snide air quotes when Detective Chris Gorrie identifies himself as one of the "diverse" cops asked by recruiters to share his story, or the caveat -- "It kind of makes me wonder sometimes, 'What do they say when I'm not there?'" -- when he says he's never been openly harassed at work. Or maybe it's his general embrace of a don't-ask-don't-tell approach to working with colleagues.

In any case, it's hardly a ringing endorsement.

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Some of these comments...In 2014?  Really?

TheRuddSki topcommenter

When the first video appears of a gay cop beating the hell out of some young minority, we'll know everything's going to work out fine.


"It kind of makes me wonder sometimes, 'What do they say when I'm not there?'"

He could wonder the same about his family, friends, or anyone else.  It's just part of being different. 


Fort Worth has made great strides in opening their arms to the gay community since the raid on the Rainbow Lounge. Change doesn't happen overnight, and a police force that's 1,600 strong certainly can't either. I commend the steps the FWPD has made in the years since, and the bravery of this officer for coming forward in a profession and state that still has much to learn in the ways of equality. Kudos! 


Guess what, they'll be looking for starlight cops also.   The first time one of those "gay" cops shows up in assless chaps, he WILL get some grief. 

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Hmmm no mustache....but can he sing and dance?

TheRuddSki topcommenter

Paging Victor Willis.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Unfortunately, in many workplaces, he wouldn't want to hear it, then again, it tarnishes the whisperers more than him.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ColonelAngus Pretty much any human thinks this whether gay or straight or black or white or whatever.  Its the human mind to be curious

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


Ummm, chaps by definition and design are "assless".  I think that you are talking about wearing chaps with no pants, which can be problematic as chaps also do not cover the groin area.

The purpose of chaps is to protect the legs of a rider going through brush, especially mesquite.




I remember seeing a guy walking down Cedar Springs in the early 90's with assless chaps, but his "ding dong" was covered up?  I don't think he was doing any horse "wraslin'", but I could be wrong. 


@ScottsMerkin @kergo1spaceship It is clearly a memory he remembers with erotic fondness as he has a specific memory of the date/place and wardrobe and notating he was not able to see his dick or "ding dong" as he prefers.  Perhaps you need to take another drive as (to quote Bono) you still haven't found what your looking for. 

I doubt ass-less chaps will be required to see that a gay cop can be just as much of an asshole as a straight cop. 

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