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Backing into the closet in the Police


"I wasn't out in the - I found myself going more back in the closet because of the attitude. If anybody was camp or effeminate even if they were straight or married it was picked upon by a few people. I just thought, ‘No, this isn't going to work’. I could tell some people's attitudes were fine, those who had been to university didn't have a problem. I was 23,24 at the time, the youngest person at the station. I joined with an ex-Navy guy, quite the lad, drinking, liked the ladies so there was this comparison between me and him because we were similar age. I thought, it wasn’t going to work at the station I was stationed at at that time; it was full of community beat officers who were quite old and staid in their ways."

Contributed by: Derek, 35

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