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Book: ‘Coming out of the blue’ - 1990


"’Coming out of the blue’ was written in 1990; I remember reading that at the time of joining. In my experience 75 -80 per cent of it was quite negative with the problems that people have (in the ). It was almost more accepting of women to be gay in the Police force because obviously straight men didn't really have a problem with it. You had to be seen as a woman to be that bit tougher, I suppose being slightly masculine. I'm not saying lesbians are all masculine but it was a bit more acceptable than gays. I'd heard stories of gays years ago that they didn't know what to do with them so they just ended up putting them in the control room or the office. No one could really handle it”.

Contributed by: Derek, 35

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